US Pat. No. 10,337,953

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING SURFACE DATA AND/OR MEASUREMENT DATA RELATING TO A SURFACE OF AN AT LEAST PARTIALLY TRANSPARENT OBJECT

16. An apparatus for determining data relating to a surface of an at least partially transparent object, in particular a spectacle lens, comprising:at least one illumination device;
a polarizer having an irradiation polarization arranged on an optical axis after or as part of the at least one illumination device;
a holder for the object;
at least one receiving device receiving light that is reflected from the object; and
an analyzer having an analysis polarization and being arranged on an optical axis before or as part of the receiving device,
wherein an undesirable light intensity reflected by the first or second surface and received by the receiving device is at least partially suppressed through setting of the irradiation polarization of the polarizer or the analysis polarization of the analyzer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,951

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING PLANT STEM STRENGTH

1. A testing apparatus comprising:a base;
a support pivotable about a hinge with respect to the base, the support is directly coupled to the base by the hinge;
a contact element adjustably engaged with the support;
a force gauge associated with the contact element; and
a displacement sensor associated with the hinge and configured to detect angular displacement of the support.

US Pat. No. 10,337,948

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HERMETICITY TEST

Solaredge Technologies Lt...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an enclosure designed to house electronics; and
a ventilation plug fastened to an exterior of the enclosure, wherein the ventilation plug is adapted to maintain thermal and air-pressure equilibrium inside the enclosure and to inject gas into the enclosure when a gas source is connected thereto, the ventilation plug comprising:
a vent filter comprising a membrane designed to allow bidirectional flow of air while preventing moisture and/or dirt from passing through; and
at least one bypass airway allowing airflow to bypass the vent filter and flow therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,337,947

METHOD FOR DETECTING A LEAK IN A FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM

Franklin Fueling Systems,...

1. A method of detecting a leak in a fuel delivery system including a fuel line, the method comprising the steps of:monitoring a pressure in the fuel line while fuel is not being dispensed by the fuel delivery system during a plurality of test intervals, the plurality of test intervals spanning at least one fuel delivery event by the fuel delivery system;
determining with an electronic controller for each test interval a measure of the leak rate of the fuel line during the respective test interval; and
determining with the electronic controller based on the measures for the plurality of respective test intervals if the fuel line of the fuel delivery system includes a leak greater than a threshold amount,
wherein for each test interval the measure of the respective test interval is determined by determining a leak rate associated with the test interval and comparing the leak rate to a threshold leak rate,
wherein the measure of the respective test interval includes a pass value having a first range of values indicating a leak condition and a second range of values indicating a non leak condition,
wherein the measure of the respective test interval further includes a weight value corresponding to the pass value, the weight value representing an accuracy of the pass value,
further comprising the steps of storing the respective pass values and respective weight values for a plurality of respective test intervals in a collection timeframe,
wherein the presence of the leak in the fuel line is determined with the electronic controller through one of a first analysis having a first timeframe which spans multiple collection timeframes and a second analysis having a second timeframe which spans multiple collection timeframes, the second timeframe being longer than the first timeframe,
wherein in the first analysis further comprising the steps of determining with the electronic controller a weighted average pass value for each collection timeframe; and
determining with the electronic controller an average weight value for each collection timeframe, and, for each collection timeframe of the first timeframe further comprising the step of discarding the respective pass values and the respective weight values for the plurality of respective test intervals when the average weight value of the collection timeframe is less than a threshold amount, the threshold amount being based on the number of test intervals in the collection timeframe.

US Pat. No. 10,337,945

METHOD FOR DETECTING A FUEL LEAK IN A FUEL SYSTEM OF AN AIRCRAFT HAVING AT LEAST TWO ENGINES

1. A method for detecting a fuel leak in a fuel system of an aircraft, comprising:providing an aircraft including a control and evaluation device and at least a first engine and a second engine, each assigned a tank device and at least one sensor device connected to the control and evaluation device,
determining from each at least one sensor device, values for each of the first engine and the second engine from a set of parameters including both:
a temperature of a fuel supplied to the one of the first engine and the second engine;
a temperature of an oil of an oil circuit assigned to the one of the first engine and the second engine, for cooling of which the fuel is used as a coolant;
detecting a fuel leak in a range of 350 to 3100 pounds per hour by comparing corresponding values from the set of parameters for the first engine and the second engine using the control and evaluation device, and determining if there is a divergence in any of the compared corresponding values that exceeds a respective predetermined threshold value;
issuing a fuel leak signal if the divergence in any of the compared corresponding values exceeds the predetermined threshold value and the control and evaluation device determines no error message is detected from a sensor device whose values are used to detect the fuel leak.

US Pat. No. 10,337,943

CENTRIFUGE AND METHOD FOR SENSING IMBALANCES IN THE CENTRIFUGE

1. A centrifuge (10), comprising:a rotor (12);
a drive shaft (14);
said rotor (12) is mounted on said drive shaft;
a motor (18);
said motor drives said drive shaft and said rotor (12);
a supporting unit (30) having damping elements (36);
each of said damping elements includes a spring axis (36a);
said supporting unit (30) supports a rotational unit (19);
said rotational unit comprises said motor (18) together with said drive shaft (14) and said rotor (12);
a sensor unit (82, 84) for detecting the speed of said drive shaft and said rotor;
a distance sensor (80) for detecting imbalances of said rotational unit (19);
said rotational unit (19) rotates around an axis of rotation (14a) at a rotational speed;
an acceleration sensor (88) for detecting imbalances of said rotational unit (19);
a control and evaluation unit (90) which evaluates data of said sensors and said sensor unit (80, 82, 88);
said distance sensor (80) includes a sensor head (80a) and a metal head aligned along an operative axis (36b);
said distance sensor (80) detects changes in distance between said sensor head (80a) and said metal head along said operative axis;
said operative axis (36b) is aligned relative to said axis of rotation (14a) in such a way that—at least in a projection onto a plane which is parallel to said operative axis (36b) and extends through said axis of rotation (14a)—said operative axis (36b) and said axis of rotation (14a) define an angle between them which is less than 90°, including 0°.

US Pat. No. 10,337,942

PRESSURE SENSOR TEMPERATURE COEFFICIENT OFFSET ADJUSTMENT

Honeywell International I...

1. A method for adjusting a temperature coefficient of the offset voltage (TCO) for a pressure sensor, the method comprising:assembling the pressure sensor, wherein the sensor comprises a plurality of resistive elements;
determining the temperature coefficient of the offset voltage (TCO) distribution for the sensor;
increasing the resistance of one of a stress induced resistor or a leadout resistor of a first resistor and decreasing the resistance of the other of the stress induced resistor or the leadout resistor of the first resistor to adjust the temperature coefficient of the offset voltage (TCO) of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,941

PRESSURE SENSOR

Kistler Holding AG, Wint...

1. A pressure sensor comprising:a sensor assembly that includes a sensor that is electrically connected to an electrode arrangement; and
an evaluation unit that includes an electric circuit board that is electrically connected to the electrode arrangement only by welding, diffusion welding, thermo compression bonding or soldering; and
wherein the sensor is configured to generate signals under the action of a pressure profile, and the electrode arrangement is configured to transmit the signals to the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,937

DETECTION DEVICE FOR DIGITAL TORQUE ADAPTER

1. A detection device for a digital torque adapter which is connected with a wrench or a socket, comprising:a case having an operation area and a display area respectively defined in an outside thereof, a torque strain axle extending through two opposite ends of the case and having a recess defined in a first end thereof, a second end of the torque strain axle being exposed beyond the case;
a circuit board located in the case and electrically connected to the operation area and the display area, the circuit board including a receiving unit and a setting unit, the operation area including a start button which is pushed to activate the circuit board so as to operate the setting unit, the circuit board being reset by pushing the start button two times rapidly, the circuit board being shut off by pressing the start button for three seconds, the operation area including an up button and a down button, the up button and the down button adjusting a pre-set value of angle set by the setting unit, the case having a torque strain gauge located therein which is attached to an outer surface of the torque strain axle to detect a value of torque which is transferred to the receiving unit, the circuit board including a screen which is located at the display area, and
an angle sensor located in the case and detecting an angle of the case and the torque strain axle relative to a horizontal plane, the angle sensor detecting the angle which is transferred to the receiving unit and displayed on the screen, an accumulator electrically connected to the circuit board and accumulating the angle detected by the angle sensor of each time that the wrench rotates, until a sum of the accumulated angles meets the pre-set value of angle of the setting unit, the display area displaying the value of torque and the sum of the accumulated angles.

US Pat. No. 10,337,935

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATED, MULTI-FUNCTIONAL, FAULT TOLERANT SENSING AND COMMUNICATION

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A fiber-optic sensor system comprising: a structure having a fiber-optic cable operatively connected thereto; a network controller having an interrogator operatively connected to the fiber-optic cable to receive optical energy indicative of a characteristic of the structure therefrom and convert optical energy to electrical energy and electrical energy to optical energy for data communication; and at least one of a data source or a sensor operatively connected to the fiber-optic cable through the network controller to transmit data through the fiber-optic cable and receive data therefrom; wherein the data source is at least one of an avionics system or a flight control system to provide data through the fiber optic cable to the network controller and to receive data through the fiber optic cable from the network controller; and, wherein the avionics system includes a health monitoring system and a rotor state feedback system operatively connected to the fiber-optic cable through the network controller to transmit data to the network controller and through the fiber-optic cable and to receive data therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,337,934

NON-CONTACT MAGNETOSTRICTIVE SENSOR ALIGNMENT

General Electric Company,...

1. A sensor mounting assembly, comprising:a retaining element configured to releasably engage a sensor assembly;
an adjustment assembly coupled to the retaining element and having a rotatable member configured to cause translation of the retaining element along a first axis; and
a frame assembly having a first member coupled to the adjustment assembly, a second member pivotally coupled to the first member about a second axis extending transverse to the first axis, and a third member pivotally coupled to the second member about a third axis extending transverse to the first and second axes, wherein pivotal movement of the first member relative to the second member is configured to cause rotation of the retaining element about the second axis, and wherein pivotal movement of the second member relative to the third member is configured to cause rotation of the retaining element about the third axis.

US Pat. No. 10,337,929

REMOTE COOKING REMINDER SYSTEM

11. A remote cooking reminder system for reminding a user of a heating apparatus condition comprising:at least one sensor configured to directly activate at least one relay when a heating apparatus is energized and producing heat;
a transmitter electrically connected to said at least one relay, wherein said transmitter is configured to send a signal when said at least one relay is activated;
an internal timer in operable communication with said at least one sensor and said at least one relay, wherein said internal timer is configured to count up starting when said at least one sensor activates said at least one relay; and
at least one remote receiver of a residence configured to receive said signal and provide a reminder to the user;
wherein said remote receiver further comprises an output display of said internal timer;
wherein said at least one remote receiver is located in at least one room separately within the residence from said heating apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,337,928

AUTOCORRELATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. An autocorrelation measurement device comprising:a first reflection member having a first reflection surface for reflecting a part of incident pulsed light and a second reflection surface for reflecting light transmitted through the first reflection surface in the incident pulsed light;
a second reflection member having a first reflection surface for reflecting a part of reflected pulsed light reflected on the first reflection surface or the second reflection surface of the first reflection member and a second reflection surface for reflecting light transmitted through the first reflection surface in the reflected pulsed light;
a focusing unit configured to focus first pulsed light reflected on the first reflection surface of the first reflection member and the second reflection surface of the second reflection member and second pulsed light reflected on the second reflection surface of the first reflection member and the first reflection surface of the second reflection member;
a nonlinear optical crystal disposed on a focusing position by the focusing unit and configured to generate second harmonic light by incidence of the first pulsed light and the second pulsed light;
a detection unit configured to detect the second harmonic light;
a delay adjusting unit configured to change a delay time between the first pulsed light and the second pulsed light incident on the nonlinear optical crystal; and
an analysis unit configured to obtain a pulse width of the incident pulsed light on the basis of a relationship between the delay time set by the delay adjusting unit and a detection result by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,927

GERMANIUM TIN OXIDE THIN FILMS FOR UNCOOLED INFRARED DETECTORS

1. A method of forming a thin film comprising: GexSnyOz where, 39?x?54, 09?y?20, 19?z?46.

US Pat. No. 10,337,923

DIRECTIONAL INTERPOLATION AND CROSS-BAND FILTERING FOR HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. A method, comprising:determining a spectral mosaic of a spectral imaging (SI) sensor;
estimating a number of reconstruction matrices based on the spectral mosaic of the SI sensor;
generating a number of directionally interpolated maximum a-priori (MAP) estimations of image data based on the number of estimated reconstruction matrices;
determining filter coefficients for each of a number of cross-band interpolation filters based at least in part on the MAP estimations of the image data;
determining edge classification factors for pixels of the SI sensor based at least in part on the determined filter coefficients; and
configuring a cross-band interpolation circuit based at least in part on the determined filter coefficients and the determined edge classification factors.

US Pat. No. 10,337,922

COLORIMETER

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A colorimeter comprising:an illumination light receiver including a light source unit and a sensor;
an attached part where a mask member with a window part is attached so as to cover the illumination light receiver;
a detector that detects one or more detected parts disposed on the mask member attached to the attached part;
a first hardware processor that recognizes information on a kind of the mask member in accordance with a detection result of the one or more detected parts by the detector; and
second hardware processor that causes the first hardware processor to recognize the information on the kind of the mask member in accordance with the detection result by the detector at a first timing, and causes the first hardware processor to recognize the information on the kind of the mask member in accordance with the detection result by the detector at a second timing after the first timing; and
an outputter that performs a predetermined output in response to a discordance between the information on the kind of the mask member recognized by the first hardware processor in accordance with the detection result by the detector at the first timing and the information on the kind of the mask member recognized by the first hardware processor in accordance with the detection result by the detector at the second timing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,918

SPECTROMETER WITH FIBER BRAGG GRATING

Baker Hughes, A GE Compan...

1. An optical spectrometer comprising:a transmission medium having an end in communication with a source of electromagnetic energy;
a grating formed in the transmission medium strategically formed so that electromagnetic energy from the source and being transmitted through the transmission medium is directed azimuthally from the transmission medium along the grating to define stray light;
an optical receiver having,
a sensor that is responsive to being contacted by the stray light and, and
an outlet in communication with an analyzer and from which an electrical signal is transmitted that is generated by the stray light contacting the sensor; and
a scanning assembly that selectively alters one of, a path of the stray light from the grating, or a position of the optical receiver, so that when the stray light is directed from the transmission medium, the sensor is positioned in a path of the stray light and exposed to at least a portion of the stray light, the scanning assembly comprising an electrically responsive member that when energized experiences a change in size or shape.

US Pat. No. 10,337,917

ADJUSTABLE MULTI-WAVELENGTH LAMP

Sensor Electronic Technol...

1. An adjustable multi-wavelength lamp comprising:a plurality of emitters, the plurality of emitters including at least one ultraviolet emitter, at least one visible light emitter, and at least one infrared emitter; and
a control system for controlling operation of the plurality of emitters, wherein the control system is configured to selectively deliver power to any combination of one or more of the plurality of emitters to generate light approximating a target spectral distribution of intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,337,913

OPTOELECTRONIC MODULE FOR A CONTACTLESS FREE-SPACE OPTICAL LINK, ASSOCIATED MULTICHANNEL MODULES, ASSOCIATED INTERCONNECTION SYSTEM, METHOD OF PRODUCTION AND CONNECTION TO A BOARD

RADIALL, Aubervilliers (...

1. An optical interconnection system including:at least one first optoelectronic module intended to provide a conversion of an electrical signal from an electronic board into an optical signal propagated in free space or vice versa, including the following stack:
an electronic board, intended to act as an interface with an electronic application board and comprising a substrate and an electronic circuit;
an electronic control component suitable for controlling an optoelectronic component, the electronic control component being attached directly onto the electronic board and electrically connected to the electronic circuit;
an optoelectronic component suitable for transmitting or receiving a light signal via its upper surface, the optoelectronic component being attached directly on the top of the electronic control component and electrically connected to the electronic control component;
an optical device suitable for transmitting an optical signal;
an optical device support, the support being attached directly onto the electronic board so as to ensure the mechanical alignment between the optical device and the optoelectronic component,
the first optoelectronic module being a transmitter module, the electronic control component being a control circuit for surface-emitting optoelectronic components, and the optoelectronic component being a surface-emitting component; and
at least one second optoelectronic module intended to provide a conversion of an electrical signal from an electronic board into an optical signal propagated in free space or vice versa, including the following stack:
an electronic board, intended to act as an interface with an electronic application board;
an electronic control component suitable for controlling an optoelectronic component, the electronic control component being attached directly onto the electronic board and electrically connected to the electronic circuit, the electronic control component being a transimpedance amplifier;
an optoelectronic component suitable for transmitting or receiving a light signal via its upper surface, the optoelectronic component being attached directly on the top of the electronic control component and electrically connected to the electronic control component;
an optical device suitable for transmitting an optical signal;
an optical device support, the support being attached, directly onto the electronic board so as to ensure the mechanical alignment between the optical device and the optoelectronic component,
the second optoelectronic module being a receiver module and the optoelectronic component being a photodiode.

US Pat. No. 10,337,910

LABORATORY STAND WITH SET-UP FEET FOR SCALES

1. A laboratory stand (1) comprising:at least one upwardly extending holding rod (2);
a base support (3) supporting the holding rod (2);
a holder (5) including a support surface (6) for supporting at least one vessel (10) in usage position;
base support projections (4a) extending from an underside of the base support (3) to act as supporting feet for the base support (3);
support projections (4) provided on an underside of the holder (5) facing away from the support surface (6), wherein the support projections (4) are mounted so as to support the holder (5) and be moveable relative to the base support (3); and
means for weighing,
wherein the support projections (4) are provided to protrude from the underside of the holder (5) spaced from vertical alignment with the base support (3), the support projections (4) protruding from the underside of the holder (5) so as to be above a plane coincident with the underside of the base support (3), the support projections (4) being in operative connection with the means for weighing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,909

LOAD MEASURING APPARATUS FOR A WORKING MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A load measuring apparatus for a working machine applicable to a working machine having a body frame, front wheels and rear wheels rotatably disposed on the body frame, a vessel tiltably mounted on the body frame for carrying a cargo, and front suspension cylinders and rear suspension cylinders disposed between the body frame and the front wheels and rear wheels, respectively, for reducing shocks to a body during traveling, to measure a load of the cargo carried on the vessel, wherein the front suspension cylinders include a left front suspension cylinder and a right front suspension cylinder, the rear suspension cylinders include a left rear suspension cylinder and a right rear suspension cylinder, the load measuring apparatus for a working machine comprising:a front-wheel rotational speed sensor that detects rotational speed of the front wheels;
a rear-wheel rotational speed sensor that detects rotational speed of the rear wheels;
a front load acquisition unit that acquires a front load applied to the front suspension cylinders;
a rear load acquisition unit that acquires a rear load applied to the rear suspension cylinders;
a surface resistance detection unit that detects a surface resistance of a travel road for the working machine;
a total load computing unit that based on the front load acquired by the front load acquisition unit and the rear load acquired by the rear load acquisition unit, computes a total load acting on the front suspension cylinders and rear suspension cylinders to determine the load of the cargo;
a computed total load value correction unit that corrects the total load computed by the total load computing unit, according to the surface resistance detected by the surface resistance detection unit so as to obtain a corrected total cargo load value;
a storage device that stores a first correlation between a front/rear load ratio as a ratio of the front load to the rear load and a total load eccentric-loading-dependent correction ratio for correcting an error caused by eccentricity of the cargo on the vessel, a second correlation between the surface resistance and a total load correction coefficient as a correction coefficient for correcting an error caused by the surface resistance on the total load, a third correlation between the surface resistance and a front/rear load ratio correction coefficient as a correction coefficient for correcting an error caused by the surface resistance on the front/rear load ratio, and a body-side load of the working machine, a cylinder cross-sectional area which is a cross-sectional area of each of the front suspension cylinders and the rear suspension cylinders, and surface friction characteristics;
a front/rear load ratio computing unit that computes the front/rear load ratio from a ratio of the front load acquired by the front load acquisition unit to the rear load acquired by the rear load acquisition unit; and
a correction ratio computing unit that computes the total load eccentric-loading-dependent correction ratio by applying the front/rear load ratio computed by the front/rear load ratio computing unit, to the first correlation stored in the storage device,
wherein the front load acquisition unit comprises:
a first multiplier that computes a left front side load acting on the left front suspension cylinder by multiplying a suspension pressure in the left front suspension cylinder by the cylinder cross sectional area,
a second multiplier that computes a right front side load acting on the right front suspension cylinder by multiplying a suspension pressure in the right front suspension cylinder by the cylinder cross-sectional area, and
a first adder that computes the front side load by adding the left front side load and the right side front side load;
wherein the rear load acquisition unit comprises:
a third multiplier that computes a left rear side load acting on the left rear suspension cylinder by multiplying a suspension pressure in the left rear suspension cylinder by the cylinder cross sectional area,
a fourth multiplier that computes a right rear side load acting on the right rear suspension cylinder by multiplying a suspension pressure in the right rear suspension cylinder by the cylinder cross sectional area, and
a second adder that computes the rear side load by adding the left rear side load and the right side rear side load;
wherein the surface resistance detection unit
computes a slip ratio by dividing a value obtained by subtracting the rotational speed of the front wheel detected by the front-wheel rotational speed sensors from the rotational speed of the rear wheel detected by the rear-wheel rotational speed sensors, by the rotational speed of the rear wheel;
computes a road surface friction coefficient on the basis of the computed slip ratio and a road surface friction characteristics, and
obtains the surface resistance of the travel road by multiplying the computed road surface friction coefficient by any one of the left front load, the right front load, the left rear load, and the right rear load;
wherein the computed total load value correction unit includes:
a total load correction coefficient computing unit that computes the total load correction coefficient by applying the surface resistance, which has been detected by the surface resistance detection unit, to the second correlation stored in the storage device;
a total load correction coefficient multiplier that multiplies the total load correction coefficient, which has been computed by the total load correction coefficient computing unit, by the total load computed by the total load computing unit so as to obtain a surface resistance eliminated total load;
a front/rear load ratio correction coefficient computing unit that computes the front/rear load ratio correction coefficient by applying the surface resistance detected by the surface resistance detection unit, to the third correlation stored in the storage device;
a front/rear load ratio correction coefficient multiplier that multiplies the front/rear load ratio correction coefficient computed by the front/rear load ratio correction coefficient computing unit, by the total load eccentric-loading-dependent correction ratio computed by the correction ratio computing unit; so as to obtain a surface resistance eliminated eccentric-loading-dependent correction ratio;
a divider that computes an error corrected total load by dividing the surface resistance eliminated total load by the surface resistance eliminated eccentric-loading-dependent correction ratio; and
a subtractor that computes the corrected cargo load value by subtracting the vehicle body-side load from the error corrected total load.

US Pat. No. 10,337,906

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A LOAD CAPABILITY

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method comprising:generating an initial weight estimate associated with an aircraft based on a reference operational empty weight (OEW) and at least one of a latitude or an altitude of the aircraft at a first location, wherein the reference OEW is predetermined at a second location that is distinct from the first location;
determining an additional load capability of the aircraft based on a difference between the initial weight estimate and the reference OEW;
generating an output that indicates the additional load capability; and
initiating a loading process to load the aircraft with additional payload, additional fuel, additional passengers, additional crew, or a combination thereof, that correspond to the additional load capability.

US Pat. No. 10,337,903

MEASUREMENT DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A TOPOLOGY OF A SURFACE OF A BULK MATERIAL

VEGA GRIESHABER KG, Wolf...

1. A measurement device for determining a topology of a surface of a bulk material stored in a container, comprising:an antenna arrangement emitting a transmission signal in a primary radiation direction of the antenna arrangement and receiving the transmission signal reflected at least on the surface of the bulk material;
an echo curve generating unit generating an echo curve, which corresponds to the signal strength of the reflected transmission signal over a distance measurement range of the measurement device, from the transmission signal which is reflected and received by the antenna arrangement; and
a positioning device changing the primary radiation direction of the antenna arrangement, in such a way that a series of echo curves can be generated in different primary radiation directions,
wherein the positioning device includes a control system which is configured to:
determine a first topology of the surface of the bulk material, based on a first number of echo curve generations;
determine a fill level;
determine a maximum angle of the primary radiation direction of the antenna arrangement with respect to a vertical axis as a function of the fill level; and
determine a second topology of the surface of the bulk material, based on a reduced second number of echo curve generations, in which the number of echo curves relating to a primary radiation direction of the antenna arrangement above the maximum angle is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,337,902

GAS-DISPLACEMENT VOLUMETRY

1. A system for gas-displacement volumetry’, comprising:a source of pressurized gas integrated with a holding tank;
a chamber;
a valve disposed between said source of pressurized gas integrated with said integral holding tank and said chamber;
said holding tank and chamber contain gas and have initial pressures when said valve is in a first position; and said holding tank and said chamber having a final pressure when said valve is in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,899

THERMAL FLOW METER WITH THIN RESIN PORTION SEALING TEMPERATURE DETECTION ELEMENT

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A thermal flow meter comprising:a circuit package including a temperature detection element that detects a temperature of a measurement target gas and a processing unit that processes a signal of the temperature detection element, wherein the temperature detection element and the processing unit are entirely sealed with a single molding resin, and
wherein a thickness of a portion of the single molding resin sealing the temperature detection element is thinner than that of a portion of the single molding resin sealing the processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,898

SENSOR UNIT FOR MEASURING A MASS FLOW RATE OF A LIQUID HOT-MELT ADHESIVE

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. A sensor unit for measuring a mass flow rate of a liquid hot-melt adhesive, the sensor unit comprising:a flow channel configured to receive the liquid hot-melt adhesive;
a first temperature measurement device positioned at a first position in the flow channel, wherein the first temperature measurement device is configured to measure a first temperature of the liquid hot-melt adhesive at the first position in the flow channel;
a second temperature measurement device positioned at a second position in the flow channel and a heating device assigned to the second temperature measurement device, wherein the heating device is configured to heat the second temperature measurement device, and the second temperature measurement device is configured to measure a second temperature at the second temperature measurement device; and
a control unit configured to control the heating device and measure the mass flow rate, the control unit being further configured to adjust the temperature of the heating device assigned to the second temperature measurement device to a value, to determine a heating power for heating the heating device assigned to the second temperature measurement device, and to calculate the mass flow rate in the flow channel,
wherein the first temperature measurement device and the second temperature measurement device are arranged substantially parallel to each other in the flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,895

ASSEMBLY FOR CONTROL AND/OR MEASUREMENT OF FLUID FLOW

Cameron International Cor...

1. An assembly, the assembly comprising:a fluid flow conduit configured to carry a process fluid stream, the fluid flow conduit defining a first inlet and a first outlet; and
a control fluid feed assembly coupled to the fluid flow conduit and defining a second inlet configured to receive a control fluid, wherein the control fluid feed assembly comprises:
a control portion defining one or more apertures that extend through the control portion, the control portion being disposed between the first inlet and the first outlet of the fluid flow conduit, wherein the control portion is configured to direct a control fluid through the one or more apertures to form a fluid venturi that restricts the flow of the process fluid stream through the fluid flow conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,893

OPTICALLY POWERED SENSOR CALIBRATION DATA STORAGE MODULE

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. An optical sensor assembly, comprising:an optical sensor for obtaining sensor data corresponding to a characteristic to be monitored;
a data storage device configured to store operation data;
an opto-electric device for converting an input optical signal to an electric current;
a control circuit operationally connected the opto-electric device and to the data storage device; and
a transmitter operationally connected to the control circuit to optically output the operation data stored in the data storage device;
wherein the data storage device is powered from the opto-electric device, and provides the operation data to the transmitter for optical output of the operation data for manipulation of the sensor data by an external device.

US Pat. No. 10,337,891

MAGNETIC DETECTION APPARATUS WITH A TUNNEL MAGNETORESISTIVE ELEMENT

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A magnetic detection apparatus comprising:an element having a magnetic tunnel junction structure configured such that an insulating layer is sandwiched between a pinned layer having a fixed magnetization direction and a free layer having a magnetization direction that varies freely;
a magnet disposed in order to apply a magnetic field to said element; and
a rotating magnetic moving body having an irregular shape that induces change in said magnetic field,
said magnetic detection apparatus being configured such that when, using said element as a reference, said magnetization direction of said pinned layer is set as an X axis direction, a direction perpendicular to said X axis direction and perpendicular to a plane of said pinned layer is set as a Z axis direction, and a direction perpendicular to an XZ plane constituted by said X axis direction and said Z axis direction is set as a Y axis direction, said magnetic moving body, which is disposed opposite said element in said Y axis direction via a gap relative to said element, rotates about a rotary shaft such that a part thereof disposed opposite said element moves in a parallel direction to said X axis direction, whereby said magnetic detection apparatus detects said irregular shape of said part disposed opposite said element from a magnetic resistance that varies as said magnetic moving body rotates, wherein
said magnet is polarized in said Z axis direction, and disposed in said Z axis direction via a gap relative to said element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,889

INDUCTIVE POSITION DETERMINATION

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A device for inductive position determination, comprising:a coil;
a positional element;
a scanning device for determining an inductance of the coil; and
an evaluation device for determining a position of the positional element in relation to the coil, based on the inductance determined, wherein the positional element comprises a ferromagnetic and electrically insulated material, wherein a ferromagnetic and electrically insulated element is mounted on the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,337,888

SENSOR CIRCUIT, A SENSOR DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR FORMING A SENSOR CIRCUIT

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A sensor circuit comprising:a plurality of half-bridge sensor circuits;
a sensor output value determination circuit configured to determine a sensor output value based on at least one half-bridge sensor signal provided by one of the half-bridge sensor circuits of the plurality of half-bridge sensor circuits;
an error determination circuit configured to generate an error signal based on a first half-bridge sensor signal generated by a first half-bridge sensor circuit of the plurality of half-bridge sensor circuits and a second half-bridge sensor signal generated by a second half-bridge sensor circuit of the plurality of half-bridge sensor circuits, wherein the first and second half-bridge sensor circuits are identical, redundant, and formed adjacently; and
a control circuit configured to control, based on the error signal, a selection of one of the first half-bridge sensor circuit and the second half-bridge sensor circuit for providing one of the first half-bridge sensor signal and the second half-bridge sensor signal to the sensor output value determination circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,337,886

ACTIVE PROXIMITY SENSOR WITH ADAPTIVE ELECTRIC FIELD CONTROL

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A proximity sensor assembly comprising:a proximity sensor configured to generate an electric field emanating from the proximity sensor assembly, the proximity sensor having a first side surface, a second opposite side surface, and a sensor pad having an applied conductive material;
an insulating layer in overlapping contact with the first side surface of the proximity sensor; and
a segmented electrode having two or more segments, the two or more segments in overlapping contact with the insulating layer and overlapping the applied conductive material of the sensor pad at the first side surface of the proximity sensor, at least a first segment of the segmented electrode being configured to direct the electric field emanating from the proximity sensor and at least a second segment of the segmented electrode being configured to direct the electric field emanating from the proximity sensor differently than the first segment by repelling point charges through the applied conductive material from the first segment and concentrating the point charges in the applied conductive material at the second segment.

US Pat. No. 10,337,884

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FAST MAGNETOMETER CALIBRATION

InvenSense, Inc., San Jo...

1. A method for fast calibration of a magnetometer from natural motion with little space coverage, the method comprising the steps of:a) obtaining earth magnetic field information in a region where the magnetometer is located, the magnetic field information to be used as reference values;
b) collecting magnetometer readings; and
c) providing at least one processor configured to:
i) obtain an absolute heading from a source of absolute navigational information that is different from the magnetometer, the absolute heading to be used as a second reference; and
ii) make a determination of sufficient space coverage using at least the absolute heading, wherein the determination of sufficient space coverage comprises at least angular separation values in a heading domain; and
d) based at least in part on the determination of sufficient space coverage made by the at least one processor, calibrating the magnetometer by calculating calibration parameters when the sufficient space coverage is available, wherein the calculation of calibration parameters comprises calculating error parameters in the magnetometer readings using a relationship between at least the earth magnetic field information, the magnetometer readings, the absolute heading from the source of absolute navigational information that is different from the magnetometer, and the error parameters in the magnetometer readings.

US Pat. No. 10,337,881

NAVIGATION DEVICE, VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A navigation device comprising:a display device configured to display an image acquired from a front-view camera of a vehicle, to overlay a travel route on the displayed image, and to display the overlaid resultant image; and
a processor configured to determine a travel route starting from a position of the vehicle acting as an ego vehicle, when a peripheral vehicle is located at the determined travel route, to determine a travel route along which the ego vehicle dodges or follows the peripheral vehicle on a basis of a position of the peripheral vehicle, and to display the determined travel route on the display unit,
wherein the processor matches the image acquired from the front-view camera with a map using position information of the ego vehicle, overlays the travel route with the image, and controls the overlaid resultant image to be displayed so as not to pass through the peripheral vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,877

COMMUNICATION WITH MOBILE DEVICES UTILIZING LIGHT EMITTING DIODES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method for modifying a path of travel comprising:transmitting independent location identifiers to individual light-emitting diodes (“LEDs”) of a set of LEDs, wherein transmitting the independent location identifiers causes the individual LEDs to emit respective independent location identifiers encoded as a series of successive light emissions;
receiving an identification of one or more independent location identifiers from a client computing device; and
identifying one or more action suggestions based on processing the received identification of one or more independent location identifiers.

US Pat. No. 10,337,876

CONSTRAINED-TRANSPORTATION DIRECTIONS

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method implemented by a client computing device for providing accurate navigation directions, the client computing device configured to receive data from at least a service provider server over a network, the method comprising:determining, by a processor of the client computing device, based on location data determined via a local component of the client computing device, that a user is traveling on a constrained transportation vehicle that is moving at a time when navigation directions to a destination are requested;
by the processor, invoking at least one resource service of the service provider server:
receiving information from the invoked resource service of the service provider server at the processor, the information including parameters indicative of restrictions to a known route the user is traveling on the constrained transportation vehicle, the restrictions including the constrained transportation vehicle restricted to following the known route and predetermined stops;
in memory of the client computing device, storing the parameters for access by the processor;
computing, by the processor, an initial route to the destination based on the user traveling on moving constrained transportation at a start of the initial route and the restrictions to the known route the constrained transportation vehicle is restricted to follow, the initial route to the destination further computed based on an assumption that the start of the initial route is a non-static location from which the user cannot control the traveling, the initial route stored in the memory of the client computing device;
by the processor and using location data, detecting a deviation from the initial route;
from the service provider server and the memory of the client computing device, collecting the parameters of the constrained transportation vehicle and parameters of other constrained transportation vehicles that are configured to carry the user to the destination;
based on detecting the deviation, by the processor, programmatically recalculating with the collected parameters of the constrained transportation vehicle and of the other constrained transportation vehicles the route to the destination, the recalculated route including at least one vehicle of the other constrained transportation vehicles;
generating, by the processor, digital content indicative of the navigation directions to direct the user to the destination according to the recalculated route; and
outputting, by the processor, the digital content via the client computing device to present the navigation directions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,872

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an autonomous driving controller configured to execute autonomous driving which autonomously controls at least one of speed control and steering control to allow a vehicle to travel along a route to a destination; and
a factor acquisition section configured to acquire a factor which is independent of a travel requirement for the vehicle to travel by autonomously driving along the route to the destination, wherein
the autonomous driving controller changes a plan of the autonomous driving based on the factor acquired by the factor acquisition section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,870

EVACUATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVACUATING TRAPPED PERSONNEL

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method of generating a dynamic route map for a person in an enclosed space, the method comprising:receiving by a RFID reader via a plurality of RFID reader antennas, Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) readings of a plurality of RFID floor tags, RSSI readings of a plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags, RSSI readings of a person identifier tag associated with the person;
sensing, by environmental sensors, environmental information;
comparing the RSSI readings of the person identifier tag with the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags and the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags to identify a location of the person;
comparing the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags and the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags and the environmental information with pre-defined baseline RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags, RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags and an environmental threshold for assessing the condition of floor of the enclosed space;
generating a dynamic floor map based on the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags and the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags; and
generating a dynamic route map for the person based on identified location of the person, the dynamic floor map, the condition of the floor of the enclosed space, the RSSI readings of the plurality of RFID floor tags, the RSSI readings of the plurality of self-identifying RFID reader antenna tags and the environmental information.

US Pat. No. 10,337,866

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC INTERFERENCE COMPENSATION OF AN EMBEDDED MAGNETOMETER

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A method for operating a mobile communications device that includes an electronic processor, a memory, and a magnetometer, the method comprising:determining, by the electronic processor, an active operational mode of at least one electrical component of the mobile communication device;
retrieving, from the memory and based on the active operational mode, at least one predetermined calibration parameter for compensating for a magnetic field distortion caused by the at least one electrical component while in the active electronic operational mode;
obtaining, from the magnetometer, a magnetic field reading; and
determining, by the electronic processor, a calibrated magnetic field value for the magnetic field reading based on the at least one predetermined calibration parameter to calibrate the magnetometer;
wherein determining an active operational mode includes determining at least one selected from the group consisting of a radio network status, a tethering status, a screen backlight brightness, a short-range wireless network status, a media player status, and a battery charger status.

US Pat. No. 10,337,865

GEODETIC SURVEYING SYSTEM

LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, Hee...

1. A surveying system having a position determination unit for determining a target position in a defined coordinate system, and having a mobile measurement unit for definition and/or position determination of measurement points in the coordinate system, whereinthe surveying system comprises a control unit for allowing a user to control a surveying task of the surveying system in a surveying environment in order to acquire surveying task data that is related to the surveying task and comprises spatial coordinates of at least one measurement point, wherein the control unit is adapted as a hand-held rugged field device or as a part of the mobile measurement unit,
the surveying system is adapted to capture and/or receive environment data of the surveying environment, the environment data being referenced to the coordinate system and comprising point cloud data that is related to at least one point cloud of the surveying environment, and
the control unit comprises a processor unit for processing the surveying task data, a data storage unit for storing the surveying task data and the environment data, and an electronic graphical display for displaying a visualization of the surveying task data to the user,
wherein the control unit is adapted to provide a virtual walkthrough functionality in a three-dimensional representation of the surveying environment, in the course of which virtual walkthrough functionality the control unit is adapted to:
dynamically define a position of a virtual camera based on a determined position of the mobile measurement unit or of the control unit, and
dynamically visualize at least a part of the three-dimensional representation of the surveying environment in real-time on the display with a viewpoint arbitrarily chosen in the surveying environment,
wherein:
the virtual camera and the viewpoint are movable through the three-dimensional representation, the movement of the virtual camera and the viewpoint depending on a determined movement of the mobile measurement unit or of the control unit, and
the three-dimensional representation visualized with the chosen viewpoint comprises at least a representation of the surveying task data and a representation of the environment data.

US Pat. No. 10,337,857

MULTI-SPECTRAL BORESIGHT ALIGNMENT METHODS AND SYSTEMS

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

11. A multi-sensor boresight alignment system comprising:a system interface component configured to receive a first image frame from a first imaging sensor and a second image frame from a second imaging sensor, the first image frame having an image contrast within a first spectral band and including a first image of a plate having a pattern of apertures arranged in a surface thereof, and the second image frame having an image contrast within a second spectral band and including a second image of the plate having the pattern of apertures; and
at least one field programmable gate array coupled to the system interface component, the field programmable gate array being configured to:
spot track the first image frame to identify a first centroid of the pattern of apertures within the first image frame,
spot track the second image frame to identify a second centroid of the pattern of apertures within the second image frame, and
correct an optical alignment between the first imaging sensor and the second imaging sensor based at least in part on a position of the first centroid within the first image frame and a position of the second centroid within the second image frame.

US Pat. No. 10,337,856

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect moire caused by overlap between a first diffraction grating including a plurality of patterns arrayed in a first direction and a second diffraction grating including a plurality of patterns arrayed in the first direction; and
a processing unit configured to obtain a relative position of the first diffraction grating and the second diffraction grating based on the moire,
wherein a pitch of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is constant and a pitch of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating is constant,
wherein the pitch of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating and the pitch of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating are different from each other, and
wherein a width of the pattern at an end portion of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating, or
wherein the width of the pattern at the end portion of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the first diffraction grating and a width of the pattern at an end portion of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating is smaller than widths of remaining patterns of the plurality of patterns of the second diffraction grating.

US Pat. No. 10,337,851

FAST PHASE PROCESSING OF OFF-AXIS INTERFEROGRAMS

RAMOT AT TEL-AVIV UNIVERS...

23. A system for rapidly processing off-axis interferogram images, said system comprising at least one processing unit and one or more computer-readable media storing computer executable modules executed by said at least one processing unit, said computer executable modules comprising:an input module configured to receive at least two interferogram images generated using an optical setup configured to generate said at least two of the interferogram images with association with a sample;
an image generation module configured to generate a combined interferogram image for exploiting empty spatial-frequency domain areas, and ensure separation between auto-correlation and cross-correlation spatial-frequency domain terms, of the generated combined interferogram image, by combining said at least two interferogram images by at least one of multiplexing and complex summation, said multiplexing comprising image rotation and superimposition and in said complex summation at least one of said at least two interferogram images is used in a real part of said complex summation and at least another one of said at least two interferogram images is used in an imaginary part of said complex summation;
a transformation module configured to decompose said combined interferogram image within a single spectral decomposition operation of said combined interferogram image and generate spectra data of said at least two interferogram images;
a cropper module configured to crop respective at least two portions of said spectra data, each of said at least two portions having a substantially reduced size with respect to the respective interferogram image;
an inverse transformation module configured to generate from the at least two cropped spectra data portions having the substantially reduced size respective at least two complex images having the substantially reduced size and being indicative of phase data of said at least two interferogram images; and
a phase unwrap module configured to rapidly unwrap phase image of said respective at least two complex images having the substantially reduced size and generate respective phase images therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,337,846

DEPRIMING DEVICE AND METHOD TO DEPRIME FIREARM CASES

1. Depriming device (1) to remove a primer (3) from a head (4) of cases (2) of cartridges for firearms, comprising:depriming means (5, 6),
means for positioning and restraining (11) at least one case on a surface plate (8), at the depriming means, and
movement means (10) to shift the depriming means (5, 6) from a raised position, in which the latter are moved away from the case (2) to be deprimed, to a lowered position, in which they come into contact with the primer (3) of the case (2) and push it thereby causing its detachment from the case itself,wherein the means for positioning and restraining the case on the surface plate (8) comprise a couple of fins (11) arranged parallel to one another on the surface plate at a distance corresponding to the diameter of the cases to be deprimed, said fins being able to be provided with means to move them closer/away to/from one another as the diameter of the case to be deprimed changes.

US Pat. No. 10,337,844

LONG WEAR SNAP CAP

1. An inert ammunition cartridge for use as a training replacement for a predetermined live ammunition round, the inert ammunition cartridge comprising:a shell case comprising a head, wherein the shell case further comprises the same material and has the same profile, exterior dimensions, and interior dimensions as a shell case of the live ammunition round; and
an impact energy suppression assembly that is inserted into the shell case head, the impact energy suppression assembly comprising:
a barrel having a bottom wall with an opening configured to receive a piston push rod, at least one generally cylindrical sidewall substantially perpendicular to the bottom wall, and an open upper end, wherein the diameter of the bottom wall opening is less than the diameter of the open upper end;
a piston having a head and push rod, the push rod extending outwardly from the piston head, wherein the piston head has a diameter less than the diameter of the barrel open upper end and the push rod has a diameter less than the diameter of the bottom wall opening; and
a compression resistant device configured to receive the piston push rod, wherein the compression resistant device is connected with the piston and mounted within the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,843

BROADHEAD WITH ROTATING BLADES

1. A broadhead assembly, comprising:a main body having a central axis and a mating surface for coupling to an arrow shaft;
a blade assembly rotatably coupled to the main body, the blade assembly oriented so as to rotate radially about a blade axis of rotation, the blade axis of rotation being aligned with the central axis, the blade assembly includes a cylindrical shaft and a blade, the cylindrical shaft rotating about the blade axis of rotation, the blade passes through a slot in the cylindrical shaft; and
an attachment member coupled to the main body and configured to secure the blade assembly in a closed orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,842

FIREWORKS AERIAL DISPLAY SHELL WITH MULTIPLE BREAKS AND A METHOD INVOLVING SAME

1. A fireworks aerial display shell comprising:first and second casings of cylindrical configuration and positioned in end-to-end relationship, each of said first and second casings presenting opposite first and second ends and defining an interior volume;
a lift charge positioned in the interior volume of the first casing at a location to cause a propelling force to be directed toward the first end of the first casing after the lift charge is ignited;
a lead fuse operatively associated with the lift charge to cause ignition of the lift charge as a result of burning of the lead fuse;
a first effects charge positioned in the interior volume of the first casing between the lift charge and the second end of the first casing for creating a first pyrotechnic display when ignited following ignition of the lift charge;
a second effects charge positioned in the interior volume of the second casing for creating a second pyrotechnic display when ignited; and
a plug positioned in the first casing opposite the first effects charge from the lift charge and extending across an inner cross section of the first casing, said plug having an opening for allowing an ignition source to pass through the plug to cause said igniting of the second effects charge following ignition of the first effects charge,
wherein a total of less than 60 grams of pyrotechnics are present in said fireworks aerial display shell.

US Pat. No. 10,337,840

WIRELESSLY CONDUCTED ELECTRONIC WEAPON

Digital Ally, Inc., Lene...

1. A wireless electroshock weapon configured to administer a shock to a subject, comprising:a wireless projectile configured to be launched toward and adhere to the subject;
a launcher body for holding by a user;
a launcher chamber for securing the wireless projectile prior to launching; and
a transmitting antenna for transmitting shock energy to the wireless projectile that has been fired,
wherein the wireless projectile includes a circuit board having a power extraction circuit for generating power from the shock energy,
wherein the wireless projectile is configured to administer the shock to the subject to whom the wireless projectile is adhered,
wherein a majority of the shock is the shock energy from the transmitting antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,337,839

FORMABLE ARMORS USING CERAMIC COMPONENTS

1. A formable armor that resists penetration by impacting projectiles, comprising:a plurality of cylindrical ceramic barrels each having a flat surface on opposing end surfaces, said cylindrical ceramic barrels faying on at least one flat surface, said plurality of cylindrical ceramic barrels fayinq on at least one flat surface disposed into at least two substantially parallel rows of cylindrical ceramic barrels;
said substantially parallel rows of cylindrical ceramic barrels affixed to a backing layer that maintains continuous contact between adjacent cylindrical barrels; and
further wherein each cylindrical ceramic barrel has a longitudinal axis and a curved side surface, said formable armor further comprising a groove present on said curved surface and parallel to said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,337,833

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE ACQUISITION OF HIGH-ACCURACY COORDINATE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE USE OF DIRECTED ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION

1. A method of determining coordinates of a remote location based on where a shortest line-of-sight path from an angle measurement device intersects the terrain at a remote location within view of a scope of an angle measurement device, comprising the steeps of:a) identifying a point, using a computing device to obtain azimuth and elevation (altitude) angles of the scope from the angle measurement device and perform calculations to accurately determine position of the remote location, that is substantially on the shortest line-of-sight path which starts at the scope of the angle measurement device and traverses the remote location;
b) determining whether the point from step a) is above or below the surface of the terrain at that location;
c) repeating steps a) and b) until a point from step a) has been identified for which the distance between the point and the surface of the terrain is less than a selected value.

US Pat. No. 10,337,829

BATTLEFIELD ILLUMINATION MODULE, HANDGUN WITH A BATTLEFIELD ILLUMINATION MODULE AND HOLSTER FOR A HANDGUN WITH BATTLEFIELD ILLUMINATION MODULE

1. A battlefield illumination module for mechanically linking to a handgun, the battlefield illumination module comprising:a fixing system for fixing the battlefield illumination module to the handgun,
a light source, the light source having a front surface being designed for illuminating a battlefield,
wherein the light source includes a primary light source which is designed to be moveable from a rest position such that, when the battlefield illumination module is fixed to the handgun, the front surface is substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of a barrel of the handgun to a working position such that the front surface is offset from the longitudinal axis of the barrel where the primary light source illuminates an area ahead of the barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,825

FIREARM GRIP WITH ZONES OF DIFFERENT TEXTURES

12. An article comprising:a grip for a weapon, said grip having a front strap, side panels and a back strap, wherein said grip comprises zones having different textures, wherein said zones comprise a first zone, which has a first anti-slip surface texture, a second zone, which has a second anti-slip surface texture rougher than the first anti-slip surface texture, and a third zone, which has a third surface texture that is less rough than the textures of said first and second zones, and wherein said first zone comprises a plurality of more than two discrete zones on said back strap and wherein said second zone extends to areas on said back strap that are between said discrete zones.

US Pat. No. 10,337,820

FIREARM MUZZLE DEVICE CLAMP

1. A firearm muzzle system comprising:a muzzle device;
a clamp;
at least one screw;
the muzzle device comprising a first end, a second end, a structural body, a barrel receiving aperture and at least one gas discharge vent;
the first end and the second end being oppositely located to each other;
the structural body extending from the first end to the second end;
the barrel receiving aperture centrally traversing through the structural body from the first end to the second end;
the at least one gas discharge vent traversing into the structural body;
the at least one gas discharge vent being perpendicularly oriented to the barrel receiving aperture;
the at least one gas discharge vent being in gaseous communication with the barrel receiving aperture;
the clamp comprising at least one first receiving hole perpendicularly traversing therethrough;
the muzzle device comprising at least one second receiving hole;
the at least one second receiving hole traversing into the structural body;
the at least one second receiving hole being perpendicularly oriented to the barrel receiving aperture;
the at least one second receiving hole being adjacently located to the first end;
the clamp being removably attached to the muzzle device by the at least one screw being removably positioned into the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole;
the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole being concentrically aligned with each other in response to the at least one screw being positioned into the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole;
the structural body and the clamp being pressed against each other in response to the at least one screw being positioned into the at least one first receiving hole and the at least one second receiving hole;
the muzzle device comprising a front iron sight;
the front iron sight being centrally mounted on the structural body;
the front iron sight being adjacently located to the at least one gas discharge vent;
the front iron sight being adjacently located to the second end; and
a stoppage band; the stoppage band being concentrically and perimetrically positioned within the barrel receiving aperture; and the stoppage band being adjacently located to the first end and at least partially formed on the clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,337,819

REDUCTION OF FIRST SHOT NOISE IN FIREARM SOUND SUPPRESSORS

1. An apparatus for allowing a user to inject a non-flammable gas into a baffled interior space of a sound suppressor mounted to a barrel of a firearm, the apparatus comprising:a dedicated source of compressed non-flammable gas mounted with respect to the firearm; and
a selectively activatable valve communicating with the baffled interior space and connected to said source of compressed non-flammable gas, said valve being closed by default, and being openable by an action of the user, and when opened allowing the non-flammable gas to flow through said valve into the baffled interior space to displace air in the baffled interior space with the non-flammable gas, which acts to remove oxygen available for combustion inside the baffled interior space.

US Pat. No. 10,337,818

AK-47 TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

1. A modification to a trigger assembly for a firearm having a trigger with sear and a disconnector pivotally coupled to the trigger, the modification comprising:a secondary disconnector pivotally coupled to the trigger rearward of the disconnector and movable between a limiting position toward the disconnector wherein the secondary disconnector engages the disconnector and reduces forward movement thereof, and a non-limiting position away from the disconnector wherein the secondary disconnector is spaced from the disconnector and allows forward movement thereof, the secondary disconnector biased towards the limiting position; and
a selector bar movable between a front position, engaging the trigger to prevent rotation thereof, a middle position allowing the secondary disconnector to be biased into the limiting position engaging the disconnector, and a back position engaging the secondary disconnector and retaining the secondary disconnector in the non-limiting position and spaced from the disconnector.

US Pat. No. 10,337,814

DEARMER POSITIONING SYSTEM

The United States of Amer...

1. A dearmer positioning system, comprising:two assemblies, each of said two assemblies adapted to circumscribe a dearmer, each of said two assemblies includes two half rings, a one-piece outer ring, and a plurality of threaded fasteners,
said two half rings joined to one another to define a full ring to include a first central opening to define a first diameter, said full ring includes a periphery defining a second diameter,
said one-piece outer ring includes a second central opening to define a third diameter, said one-piece outer ring includes a periphery to define a fourth diameter, wherein said third diameter is greater than said second diameter, and wherein said full ring slidingly fits in said second central opening of said outer ring, and
wherein said plurality of threaded fasteners threadably to engage said one-piece outer ring and accessible from said periphery of said one-piece outer ring, each of said threaded fasteners extends radially through said one-piece outer ring and into said central opening of said one-piece outer ring to engage said periphery of said full ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,808

CONDENSER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A condenser comprising:a core part that is formed by stacking a plurality of tubes in which a refrigerant in a refrigeration cycle flows, and that exchanges heat between the refrigerant and an external fluid flowing outside the plurality of tubes;
a header tank that is disposed at an end of the plurality of tubes in a longitudinal direction of the plurality of tubes, and that extends in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the plurality of tubes so as to be in fluid communication with the plurality of tubes;
a first modulator tank that is in fluid communication with an interior of the header tank to allow the refrigerant from the header tank to flow into the first modulator tank, and that is provided along the header tank on one side of the header tank in the longitudinal direction of the plurality of tubes; and
a second modulator tank that is in fluid communication with an interior of the first modulator tank and is provided along a lower edge of the core part in a gravity direction, wherein
the first modulator tank and the second modulator tank separate the refrigerant flowing into the modulator tanks into a gas-phase refrigerant and a liquid-phase refrigerant, and store an excess refrigerant in the refrigeration cycle,
the header tank defines a communicating space therein that is in fluid communication with the interior of the first modulator tank and an interior of the second modulator tank,
the liquid-phase refrigerant separated by at least one of the first modulator tank and the second modulator tank flows into the communicating space,
the core part has a supercooling portion that supercools the liquid-phase refrigerant by exchanging heat between the liquid-phase refrigerant and the external fluid,
the communicating space defined in the header tank and the supercooling portion of the core part are in fluid communication with each other via an introduction passage,
the introduction passage guides the liquid-phase refrigerant in the communicating space to flow into the supercooling portion,
the communicating space and the introduction passage are in fluid communication with each other via a first connection part,
the communicating space and the second modulator tank are in fluid communication with each other via a second connection part, and
the first connection part is located at a position which is lower relative to the second connection part in the gravity direction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,806

FIN PLATE, FRAME COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE SUCH PLATE AND HEAT EXCHANGER COMPRISING SAID FRAME

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

10. A heat exchanger comprising:a stack of heat exchange modules, wherein each module has a flow cell for a fluid that is to be cooled and a flow cell for a cooling fluid,
wherein the modules are side by side and thermally coupled together,
wherein the flow cell for the fluid that is to be cooled and/or the flow cell for the cooling fluid includes a frame, the frame including two finned plates,
wherein each finned plate comprises a base and a plurality of heat exchange fins extending from said base, said fins being distributed over at least two strips of fins, being mutually parallel, wherein two adjacent strips of fins among the strips of fins are separated in a direction perpendicular to the direction of said strips of fins by a flat strip not having any fins,
wherein each fin has two distinct ends secured to the base,
wherein the base has an opening between the respective ends of each fin, and
wherein the finned plates are nested together in such a manner that the fins of the first finned plate are inserted in facing spaces of flat strips of the second finned plate and are arranged head-to-toe relative to the adjacent fins of the second finned plate,
wherein two adjacent strips of fins are separated by a discontinuous flat strip formed by a succession of segments spaced apart by openings.

US Pat. No. 10,337,805

HEAT STORAGE DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A heat storage device comprising:a heat storage container having an inlet and an outlet for a heat medium;
a plurality of plate-like heat storage bodies stacked in the heat storage container, each of the plurality of heat storage bodies comprising a heat storage material and an envelope containing the heat storage material;
a plurality of plate-like spacers, each placed between respective pairs of the heat storage bodies in the heat storage container, each of the plurality of plate-like spacers having a plurality of contact portions that are in contact with one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies and a plurality of non-contact portions that are spaced from the one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies, the contact portions for the one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies defining non-contact portions for the other of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies and the non-contact portions for the one of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies defining contact portions for the other of the respective pair of the heat storage bodies, and the contact portions and the non-contact portions being alternately formed in a specific direction; and
a plurality of flow paths for leading the heat medium from the inlet to the outlet, the flow paths being formed by a surface of the heat storage body and the respective non-contact portions and extending in a direction intersecting the specific direction, wherein
the plurality of plate-like spacers are disposed in the heat storage container without direct connection to one another, and each of the heat storage bodies is deformable relative to the non-contact portion of an adjacent one of the plurality of plate-like spacers in the heat storage container,
wherein the heat storage material changes from a first state to a second state upon heat exchange with the heat medium, the plurality of heat storage bodies expand or contract in response to the heat storage material changes from the first state to the second state, and a volume of the heat storage material increases from 10% to 20% upon changing to the second state, and
when a distance in a thickness direction of the plurality of plate-like spacers between a point of contact of the contact portion with the at least one heat storage body and a point of the non-contact portion farthest from the at least one heat storage body is defined as L and a thickness of the at least one heat storage body is defined as T, in the first state, L/T is between 0.2 and 0.4.

US Pat. No. 10,337,802

EVAPORATION COOLING DEVICES AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF REMOVING HEAT FROM HOT SPOTS

Georgia Tech Research Cor...

1. A capillary trap-vapor pump, comprising:a heated interface surface for receiving thermal energy,
a contoured cavity adjacent the heated interface surface,
at least one flow channel, wherein the at least one flow channel is configured to flow a fluid to the heated interface surface, where the at least one flow channel opens into the contoured cavity; and
a capillary opening disposed above the heated interface surface, wherein the capillary opening is an opening of a capillary tube at a first end of the capillary tube, wherein the capillary opening forms a top boundary of the contoured cavity, wherein the heated interface surface forms a boundary of the contoured cavity, wherein side surfaces of a contoured structure forms a side boundary of the contoured cavity; and
wherein the heated interface surface causes the fluid to evaporate and form a vapor bubble within the contoured cavity, wherein the vapor is removed from within the vapor bubble using the capillary tube,
wherein the side surfaces of the contoured structure are hydrophilic, wherein a surface of the heated interface surface is hydrophilic, wherein an inside surface of the capillary tube is hydrophobic.

US Pat. No. 10,337,799

DUAL DUTY MICROCHANNEL HEAT EXCHANGER

CARRIER CORPORATION, Far...

1. A transport refrigeration system comprising:a prime mover; and
a refrigeration unit including a compressor including a first compressor stage and a second compressor stage and a heat exchanger, the heat exchanger being arranged in fluid communication with the prime mover, the heat exchanger comprising:
a first tube bank including a first group of flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in a spaced, parallel relationship, each flattened tube segment of the first group of flattened tube segments defines a plurality of flow passages;
a second tube bank including a second group of flattened tube segments and a third group of flattened tube segments extending longitudinally in a spaced, parallel relationship, each of the second group of flattened tube segments and the third group of flattened tube segments defines a plurality of flow passages, the second tube bank disposed behind the first tube bank with a leading edge of the second tube bank spaced from a trailing edge of the first tube bank, the second group of flattened tube segments is fluidly coupled to the first tube bank and is configured to receive a first fluid and the third group of flattened tube segments is configured to receive a second fluid, the third group of flattened tube segments being arranged in fluid communication with the prime mover;
wherein at least one of the first tube bank and the second tube bank further comprises a fourth group of flattened tube segments, the fourth group of flattened tube segments being configured to receive the first fluid, wherein the first fluid is provided to the fourth group of flattened tube segments from the first compression stage and has a different temperature than the first fluid provided to the second group of flattened tube segments; and
a fan configured to provide an airflow across the first tube bank and the second tube bank sequentially.

US Pat. No. 10,337,798

INJECTION LANCE SHIELD FOR METAL PRODUCTION FURNACE

1. A shield for accessing an interior of a furnace, the furnace having an aperture in its wall, the shield comprising:an outer shell, an inner shell fitted into said outer shell, and a face plate joining said outer and inner shells;
said outer shell comprising a convex external surface and a concave internal surface, said external surface and internal surface of said outer shell terminating in an external rim, said external rim being sized and shaped to fit the aperture of the furnace wall;
said inner shell comprising a convex internal surface and a concave external surface, said internal surface and external surface of said inner shell terminating in an internal rim, said internal rim sized and shaped to fit within said external rim of said outer shell;
said face plate joining said external rim to said internal rim with said convex internal surface of said inner shell and said concave internal surface of said outer shell facing each other and defining a fluid chamber for coolant flow between them, said face plate comprising an aperture for coolant entry and an aperture for coolant exit;
said outer and inner shells each having an aperture through each, the aperture in said outer shell being aligned with the aperture in said inner shell, the aperture in one of said outer shell and said inner shell having a boss around it on the internal surface of that shell and the aperture in the other of said outer shell and said inner shell having a seat around it on the internal surface of that shell, said seat receiving said boss and sealing said fluid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,337,795

DRYING MACHINE FOR PASTY AND/OR GRANULAR SUBSTANCES AND SPACER FOR ROLLERS OF CONVEYOR BELTS FOR SUCH DRYING MACHINE

1. A drying machine for pasty or granular substances, which comprises a supporting frame for a plurality of superimposed parallel conveyor belts, said frame being provided with lateral openings for the passage of air, each conveyor belt being supported by a plurality of parallel spaced rollers which are pivoted to the frame, said rollers being surrounded by spacers which are adapted to define, between the rollers and each conveyor belt, each of said conveyor belts configured to convey said substances, air passage spaces configured to dry said substances, wherein each roller of each conveyor belt is surrounded by a single helical body with spaced turns that define said air passage space between the roller and each conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,337,794

FOOD DEHYDRATOR

National Presto Industrie...

1. A food dehydrator comprising:a base portion including an upper base surface defining a base central aperture, a base circumferential inner wall, and a base circumferential outer wall, the base circumferential inner wall and the base circumferential outer wall defining a base perimeter channel;
a carrying tray including a carrying tray upper surface defining a carrying tray central aperture, an interior surface, an upper channel surface having one or more apertures, and an exterior surface defining a carrying tray perimeter channel; and
a cover portion,
wherein the carrying tray is configured for liftable placement on the upper base surface of the base portion to define a dehydrating configuration such that the interior surface of the carry tray is proximate to the base circumferential inner wall of the base portion, the exterior surface of the carrying tray is proximate to the base circumferential outer wall, and the carrying tray perimeter channel and the base circumferential perimeter channel align and cooperatively define an air supply plenum, and
wherein the cover portion is configured for liftable placement on the carrying tray such that the cover portion fluidly encloses the air supply plenum in the dehydrating configuration; and
wherein the carrying tray is configured upon inversion for liftable placement on the upper base surface of the base portion to define a storage configuration, such that the interior surface of the carrying tray is proximate to the base circumferential inner wall of the base portion, the exterior surface of the carrying tray is proximate to the base circumferential outer wall, and the carrying tray perimeter channel is at least partially nested within the base perimeter channel.

US Pat. No. 10,337,791

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR THE SEPARATION BY CRYOGENIC DISTILLATION OF A MIXTURE OF METHANE, CARBON DIOXIDE AND HYDROGEN

1. A process for controlling a cryogenic separation of a feed mixture comprising carbon monoxide, hydrogen and at least 2% methane, the process comprising the steps of:i) providing the feed mixture to a cold box, wherein the feed mixture is sourced from a syngas production facility, wherein a flow rate of the feed mixture is measured;
ii) cooling the feed mixture in a heat exchanger to produce a cold feed mixture at a first temperature;
iii) introducing the cold feed mixture to a methane wash column to produce a gas enriched in hydrogen and a liquid reduced in hydrogen;
iv) withdrawing the liquid reduced in hydrogen from the methane wash column and introducing the liquid reduced in hydrogen to a flash column to produce an impure hydrogen gas at a top portion of the flash column and a bottoms liquid comprising carbon monoxide and methane, wherein the flash column comprises a bottom reboiler;
v) introducing the bottoms liquid to a distillation column to produce a carbon monoxide-rich top gas and a methane-rich bottoms liquid;
vi) removing the methane-rich bottoms liquid from a bottom section of the distillation column;
vii) introducing a first portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid to the methane wash column;
viii) vaporizing a second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid in the heat exchanger against the feed mixture;
wherein the bottom section of the distillation column comprises a liquid distributor, a reboiler section, and a storage section, wherein the liquid distributor is configured to receive falling liquid from within the distillation column and send the falling liquid to the reboiler section, wherein the storage section is configured to receive an overflow liquid from the reboiler section, wherein the liquid distributor is disposed above the storage section and the reboiler section, wherein the reboiler section and the storage section are disposed side by side within the bottom section of the distillation column, wherein a partition wall separates the storage section from the reboiler section, wherein the methane-rich bottoms liquid removed in step vi) is removed from the storage section of the bottom section; and
ix) adjusting a flow rate of the methane-rich bottoms liquid removed from the bottom section in step vi) based on the flow rate of the feed mixture,
wherein a flow rate of the second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid that is vaporized in the heat exchanger is adjusted higher if the measured flow rate of the feed mixture increases and is adjusted lower if the measured flow rate of the feed mixture decreases,
wherein the flow rate of the second portion of the methane-rich bottoms liquid vaporized in the heat exchanger is adjusted in order to maintain the cold feed mixture at the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,788

REFRIGERATOR COMPRISING VACUUM SPACE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A home appliance or a vacuum wall, comprising:an inner case;
an outer case spaced apart from the inner case by a vacuum space configured to insulate the outer case from the inner case; and
a reinforcing frame provided in the vacuum space to contact one of an outer surface of the inner case and an inner surface of the outer case,
wherein the reinforcing frame has (i) a height smaller than a width of the vacuum space formed between the inner case and the outer case, and (ii) a length along an extended direction of the reinforcing frame that is larger than the width of the vacuum space formed between the inner case and the outer case,
wherein edges of the inner case and the outer case are configured to be connected with a cover to seal the vacuum space, and
wherein the reinforcing frame is placed in the vacuum space to reinforce strength of the inner case and the outer case prior to sealing the vacuum space.

US Pat. No. 10,337,786

VACUUM HEAT INSULATING BODY, AND HEAT INSULATING CONTAINER AND HEAT INSULATING WALL EMPLOYING SAME

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A vacuum heat insulating body comprising:a core material having air permeability; and
an enveloping member which vacuum seals the core material,
wherein the core material is formed of at least two layers of heat insulating core materials having different heat conductivities,
at least two of the at least two layers of the heat insulating core materials are formed of materials having different change gradients in the heat conductivity as a function of temperature from each other, and
superimposed plots of the change gradients of the core materials of the at least two layers intersect.

US Pat. No. 10,337,780

VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW SYSTEM OPERATION IN LOW AMBIENT CONDITIONS

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a compressor coupled to a first coil through a first valve and a second coil through a second valve, wherein the first coil and the second coil are further coupled to a third coil, the compressor being operable to compress refrigerant and pump the refrigerant out of a first compressor opening into the first and second coils and receive the refrigerant through a second compressor opening after the refrigerant has passed through the third coil;
one or more first fans operable to blow ambient air across the first coil;
one or more second fans operable to blow ambient air across the second coil;
a first expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the first coil and the third coil;
a second expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the second coil and the third coil;
one or more sensors positioned to sense a pressure of the refrigerant circulating through the system; and
a controller operable to trigger a low ambient temperature mode to:
configure the first coil as an active coil by energizing one or more of the first fans;
configure the second coil as an inactive coil by de-energizing the one or more second fans;
monitor the refrigerant pressure based on data received from the one or more sensors;
in response to determining that the refrigerant pressure is below a low threshold pressure:
operate the first expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow into the first coil and increase refrigerant flow through the second coil and into the third coil;
determine whether the first expansion valve is closed; and
in response to determining that the first expansion valve is closed, shut off the compressor and the one or more first fans; and
in response to determining that the refrigerant pressure is above a high threshold pressure, operate the second expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow through the second coil and increase refrigerant flow through the first coil and into the third coil.

US Pat. No. 10,337,779

GAS RECOVERY SYSTEM, COMPRESSOR SYSTEM, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A gas recovery system that separates a mixed gas, in which a process gas compressed by a compressor and an inert gas supplied to a seal portion of the compressor are mixed together, into the process gas and the inert gas, the gas recovery system comprising:a cooling section that cools and liquefies the process gas contained in the mixed gas by cooling the mixed gas at a temperature that is higher than a condensation temperature of the inert gas and lower than a condensation temperature of the process gas;
a separating section that separates the mixed gas cooled in the cooling section into the process gas in a liquid state and the inert gas in a gas state; and
a process gas recovery line that is connected to the separating section and that circulates and gasifies the liquid-state process gas and then supplies the process gas into the compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,777

CONTROLLING AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

1. An HVAC system comprising:a controller;
an evaporator;
a condenser:
one or more compressors;
a plurality of sensors, including at least one pressure sensor, the plurality of sensors capable of detecting a stress event, the stress event comprising operating a portion of the HVAC system with a refrigerant pressure above a predetermined pressure value for the portion of the HVAC system; and
a stress module communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and to the controller;
wherein the stress module is operable, in response to the controller receiving a request for an operation of the HVAC system, to:
determine whether to allow the operation based at least in part on detecting the stress event;
restrict the requested operation if the stress module determines to not allow the operation;
identify at least one stress operation to allow based in part on a measured pressure at the at least one pressure sensor exceeding the predetermined pressure value for the portion of the HVAC system, if the operation is restricted; and
allow at least one stress operation based on the identification, wherein the at least one stress operation comprises adjusting a refrigerant flow rate;
wherein:
the identification of one or more stress operations to allow by the stress module is further based on tracking a trip count comprising a number of times the measured pressure exceeds the threshold and whether the trip count exceeds a predetermined trip count; and
the at least one stress operation further comprises performing at least one safe mode operation if the trip count exceeds the predetermined trip count, wherein the at least one safe mode operation comprises at least one of:
allowing a respective compressor of the one or more compressors to operate at a low stage, wherein the respective compressor comprises a high stage and at least one low stage; or
allowing operation of one compressor of the one or more compressors and restricting operation of another compressor of the one or more compressors.

US Pat. No. 10,337,775

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NOISE ATTENUATION FOR HVAC AND R SYSTEM

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. An apparatus for noise attenuation of an HVAC&R system, comprising:an enclosure having a first enclosure frame;
a chassis insertable inside the enclosure and supported by the first enclosure frame upon insertion of the chassis inside the enclosure, the chassis comprising:
a first chassis structure comprising opposed channels at a base of the first chassis structure;
a self-contained refrigerant loop secured to the first chassis structure, the self-contained refrigerant loop maintaining a gap from the enclosure upon insertion of the chassis inside the enclosure, the self-contained refrigerant loop comprising a compressor, a first heat exchanger, and a second heat exchanger;
a second chassis structure supporting the first chassis structure, wherein the second chassis structure comprises a plurality of structural frame segments forming a plurality of C-channels; and
at least one vibration damping device positioned partially within and partially beneath at least one channel of the opposed channels of the first chassis structure, such that the at least one vibration damping device extends through a circular aperture formed in a bottommost panel of the at least one channel of the opposed channels, wherein the at least one vibration damping device extends adjacent to a first surface of the at least one channel and extends adjacent to a second surface of the at least one channel, opposite the first surface, wherein the at least one vibration damping device is between the first chassis structure and the second chassis structure, wherein the at least one vibration damping device is a single-piece component, wherein the vibration damping device is directly supported by a third surface of a C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure, wherein a fourth surface of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure is directly supported by the first enclosure frame, wherein a web of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels of the second chassis structure extends crosswise from a first terminal end of the fourth surface to the third surface in a first direction, wherein the second chassis structure comprises a flange extending crosswise from a second terminal end of the fourth surface of the C-channel of the plurality of C-channels in a second direction, opposite the first direction, wherein the first terminal end of the fourth surface is opposite the second terminal end of the fourth surface, and wherein the fourth surface extends from the web to the flange in a third direction, crosswise to the first direction, and wherein the enclosure is vibrationally isolated from the self-contained refrigerant loop.

US Pat. No. 10,337,772

HYBRID SOLAR HEAT ABSORPTION COOLING SYSTEM

KOREA INSTITUTE OF ENERGY...

1. A hybrid solar heat absorption cooling system comprising:an absorption refrigerator;
a solar heat steam generator comprising a concentration solar collector configured to collect solar heat and to generate wet steam and a steam drum configured to separate the wet steam generated by the concentration solar collector into dry steam and heated water;
a daytime steam supplying unit comprising a daytime steam supplying flow path that connects the steam drum and the absorption refrigerator, the daytime steam supply unit configured to supply the dry steam generated by the solar heat steam generator during the day as a heat source for the absorption refrigerator;
a daytime hot water storage tank configured to store the heated water discharged from the absorption refrigerator during the day;
a nighttime hot water supplying flow path that connects the daytime hot water storage tank and the absorption refrigerator to guide the heated water in the daytime hot water storage tank to the absorption refrigerator during the night;
a nighttime hot water pump installed on the nighttime hot water supplying flow path and operating during the night;
a nighttime hot water storage tank configured to store the heated water discharged from the absorption refrigerator during the night;
a daytime hot water supplying flow path that connects the nighttime hot water storage tank and the solar heat steam generator to guide the hot water in the nighttime hot water storage tank to the solar heat steam generator during the day;
a daytime pressing hot water pump installed on the daytime hot water supplying flow path and operating during the day;
a temperature sensor installed in the daytime hot water storage tank; and
a bypass flow path that bypasses at least part of the heated water separated from the steam drum to the daytime hot water storage tank when the temperature detected by the temperature sensor is less than a predetermined set temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,764

CONDUIT MOUNT ASSEMBLY

IronRidge, Inc., Hayward...

1. An assembly for securing a conduit to a flashing comprising:a. a cap comprising:
i. a head portion further comprising a recessed groove around the perimeter of the head portion;
ii. a base portion extends downward from the head portion, the base portion configured to secure the cap to a connector coupled to the flashing; and
b. a substantially inverted U-shaped clamp rotatably coupled to the cap, the clamp comprising:
i. an opening;
ii. a pair of edges comprising hooks, the hooks shaped to permit the clamp to slide over an upper edge of the head portion and rotatably couple to the recessed groove;
iii. a clamping bolt comprising a saddle on an end of the clamping bolt wherein the clamping bolt is coupled to the opening and wherein the saddle is positioned within the clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,337,761

MICROENVIRONMENTAL COOLING SYSTEM

1. A system for cooling a person, the system comprising:a source for providing pressurized ambient air;
an evaporator having an evaporator coil comprising a multiplicity of tabular fins, the fins having a long axis and a short axis, the fins engaging a coolant line configured to receive a recirculating coolant that undergoes a phase change in the coolant line, the evaporator having a housing, the housing including an upstream plenum and a downstream plenum, the upstream plenum engaging at least part of the evaporator coil and having an inlet for engaging the pressurized ambient air from the pressurized ambient air source, the downstream plenum engaging at least another part of the evaporator coil, the downstream plenum including an outlet, the evaporator comprising a plurality of dividers to partition the fins into multiple groups through which the pressurized ambient air will pass sequentially while traversing through the evaporator and a plurality of U-shaped redirectors having curved interior walls to direct the pressurized ambient air exiting a group of fins to a next group of fins, the repeated passing of the pressurized ambient air over the groups of fins cooling pressurized ambient air having a temperature between 80 degrees F. and 110 degrees F. when entering the upstream plenum by at least 25 degrees F. during a single pass through the evaporator;
a tube for connecting the source to the inlet of the evaporator;
a personal cooling member, the personal cooling member including an inlet for receiving cooled air from the outlet of the evaporator, the personal cooling member configured to direct cooled air received from the evaporator to the wearer's face to provide surface and direct core-body cooling; and
a tube for connecting the personal cooling member to the outlet of the evaporator so as to confine the cooled air leaving the evaporator to the personal cooling member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,759

TRANSITION MODULE FOR AN ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATOR UNIT

Lennox Industries, Inc., ...

1. A transition module for an energy recovery ventilator unit, comprising:a first frame having:
two opposing major surfaces with first and second separated through-hole openings therein; and
a self-sealing surface on one of the major surfaces surrounding the two through-hole openings, wherein
the first through-hole opening is configured to overlap with return air openings located in a side of an energy recovery ventilator unit and in a side of an air handling unit, and
the second through-hole opening is configured to overlap with the supply air openings located in the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit,
wherein the self-sealing surface is part of two separated air-tight and moisture-tight sealed passageways of the return air flowing through the first through-hole opening of the frame between the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit, and, of the supply air flowing through the second through-hole opening of the frame between the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit and the side of the air handling unit;
further wherein the major surface that the self-sealing surface is not on, is configured as a mounting surface to attach to the side of the energy recovery ventilator unit or the side of the air handling unit and the mounting surface includes an adhesive to facilitate attachment to the target side;
and a second frame comprising: two opposing major surfaces with two separate second first and second through-hole openings therein, wherein one of the major surfaces of the second frame is configured to be contacted by the self-sealing surface such that the first and second through-hole openings and the second first and second through-hole openings are contiguous with each other and form part of the two separated air-tight and moisture-tight sealed passageways, and wherein the second frame overlaps the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,337,758

HEAT EXCHANGER VENTILATOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A heat exchanger ventilator comprising:an air supply fan equipped with an air supply motor;
an air exhaust fan equipped with an air exhaust motor;
a supply air conduit along which air is sent from outdoors to indoors by the air supply fan;
an exhaust air conduit along which air is sent from indoors to outdoors by the air exhaust fan; and
a heat exchange element provided at a position where the supply air conduit and the exhaust air conduit intersect, for exchanging heat between indoor air and outdoor air when the indoor air and the outdoor air are ventilated,
wherein
in the supply air conduit, a temperature detection unit is provided at a position upstream of the heat exchange element,
in the exhaust air conduit, a humidity detection unit is provided at a position upstream of the heat exchange element,
the air supply motor and the air exhaust motor are controlled for operations and speed by a controller, and
the controller reduces, when a temperature detected by the temperature detection unit is below a first predetermined temperature, and a humidity detected by the humidity detection unit falls within a first predetermined humidity range, speed of the air supply motor and the air exhaust motor so that a predefined first A1 supply air flow rate and a predefined first A1 exhaust air flow rate are attained, and reduces, when a humidity detected by the humidity detection unit falls within a second predetermined humidity range, speed of the air supply motor and the air exhaust motor so that a predefined first A2 supply air flow rate and a predefined first A2 exhaust air flow rate are attained, where a maximum value of the first predetermined humidity rangethe first A2 supply air flow rate, the first A1 exhaust air flow rate>the first A2 exhaust air flow rate are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,337,753

ADAPTIVE MODELING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MPC-BASED BUILDING ENERGY CONTROL

ABB AG, Mannheim (DE)

1. A method for controlling a temperature of a building using a building thermal model of the building in a model predictive control (MPC) system, the method comprising:measuring the temperature and a rate of change of temperature for at least one zone that is included in the building thermal model so as to determine an error from a temperature and rate of change of temperature that is predicted by the MPC system;
determining possible causes of the error and a probability of each of the possible causes of error occurring;
evaluating an impact of each of the possible causes so as to identify at least one of the possible causes which would reduce the error;
adapting the building thermal model based on the at least one identified possible cause;
controlling the temperature of the building using the adapted building thermal model in an MPC controller; and
determining a correlation between at least two of the possible causes occurring at a same time and determining a probability of the at least two of the possible causes occurring by multiplying the probabilities of each of the at least two possible causes occurring individually, wherein the probability of the at least two of the possible causes occurring is used in evaluating the impact so as to determine whether the at least two of the possible causes occurring at the same time is the most likely cause of the error.

US Pat. No. 10,337,751

LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS SOLVENT EXTRACTION ROOM VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHODS

1. An extraction room and ventilation system, comprising:walls, a floor, a ceiling, and a door; and
a supply air system, the supply air system comprising one of: a fan, or a blower, or an HVAC system and at least one supply air register, said supply register comprised of at least one panel and at least one slot; and
an exhaust air system, the exhaust air system comprising a fan or blower and at least one exhaust air register comprised of at least one panel and at least one slot; and
wherein said supply air system and the exhaust air system are disposed on opposing sides of an extraction room: wherein the supply air system is configured to supply fresh air from an exterior space to said extraction room and said exhaust system purges said fresh air to an exterior space;
wherein said supply air system and the exhaust air system create a negative air pressure in the extraction room versus air pressure outside the room;
wherein said supply air register and exhaust air register each span the entire length and most of the height of opposing walls of said extraction room and together create a laminar type flow of air movement through the extraction room; and
wherein said supply and exhaust air registers each measure 7 feet wide by 7 feet tall or larger and said supply air register has a volumetric flow greater than 1,120 cubic feet per minute, and a discharge face velocity of at least 275 feet per minute at the supply air register; and, said exhaust air register also has a volumetric flow greater than 1,120 cubic feet per minute, and a suction face velocity of at least 346 feet per minute at the exhaust air register; wherein the ventilation system can create 100% fresh air for one-pass exhaust with a throw distance for air supply of at least 6 feet with a terminal velocity greater than 50 feet per minute.

US Pat. No. 10,337,748

MUFFLER FOR AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A muffler for an air-conditioning apparatus, comprising:a muffler main body, having a tubular shape, in which a relatively small diameter inlet portion is connected to a relatively large diameter portion through an enlarged diameter portion, and the relatively large diameter portion is connected to a relatively small diameter outlet portion through a reduced diameter portion, wherein the relatively small diameter inlet portion and the relatively small diameter outlet portion are relatively small in comparison to the relatively large diameter portion, and the relatively large diameter portion is relatively large in comparison to the relatively small diameter inlet portion and the relatively small diameter outlet portion;
an inlet pipe connected to the relatively small diameter inlet portion of the muffler main body; and
an outlet pipe connected to the relatively small diameter outlet portion of the muffler main body, wherein
the inlet pipe has an inserted pipe portion disposed in the muffler main body, and the inserted pipe portion is inserted into the muffler main body from the relatively small diameter inlet portion and extends from a starting point of the enlarged diameter portion to an inside of the muffler main body,
the inserted pipe portion has an upper inserted pipe portion positioned on an inlet side of the muffler main body and a lower inserted pipe portion positioned on an outlet side of the upper inserted pipe portion,
the lower inserted pipe portion has a distal end positioned at a center of a length from an inlet to an outlet of the muffler main body, and the lower inserted pipe portion has an inner diameter that is smaller than an inner diameter of the upper inserted pipe portion,
the upper inserted pipe portion has a uniform diameter section, and the lower inserted pipe portion has a uniform diameter section, and there is a tapered section between the uniform diameter section of the upper inserted pipe portion and the uniform diameter section of the lower inserted pipe portion,
the uniform diameter section of the upper inserted pipe portion extends beyond the relatively small diameter inlet portion in the direction of the relatively small diameter outlet portion, and
a length of the upper inserted pipe portion, which includes the tapered section, is defined as L2, and a length of the lower inserted pipe portion is defined as L3, and a ratio of L2 to L3 is set to satisfy 1.5

US Pat. No. 10,337,747

SELECTABLE EFFICIENCY VERSUS COMFORT FOR MODULATING FURNACE

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A furnace controller for controlling a modulating furnace, comprising:an input device configured to:
receive a first input comprising a heat request signal from a thermostat based on a temperature setpoint;
receive a second input for an efficiency/comfort preference setting,
wherein the efficiency/comfort preference setting is distinct from the temperature setpoint, and
wherein the efficiency/comfort preference setting biases a control algorithm for controlling one or more plenum parameters of the modulating furnace, excluding the temperature setpoint; and
a controller operatively coupled to the input device, the controller is configured to control the modulating furnace in accordance with the control algorithm,
wherein the control algorithm causes an air temperature in a plenum of the modulating furnace to be dependent on the received efficiency/comfort preference setting for a given burner firing rate of the modulating furnace, and
wherein the air temperature in the plenum is distinct from the temperature setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,337,746

HEAT PUMP

Efficient Energy GmbH, F...

1. A heat pump comprising:an evaporator for evaporating water as a working liquid to generate a working vapor, the evaporator comprising an evaporation chamber and being adapted to generate an evaporation pressure of less than 20 hPa within the evaporation chamber, so that the water will evaporate at temperatures below 18° C.;
a compressor coupled to the evaporator for compressing the working vapor, the compressor being adapted to compress the working vapor to a working pressure of more than 5 hPa above the evaporation pressure; and
a liquefier for liquefying a compressed working vapor, the liquefier being adapted to output a heat which has been acquired during the liquefaction to a heating system,
wherein the compressor comprises a plurality of dynamic-type compressors, the plurality of dynamic-type compressors comprising a first dynamic-type compressor and a last dynamic-type compressor,
wherein the dynamic-type compressors of the plurality of dynamic-type compressors are arranged one behind the other,
wherein the first dynamic-type compressor is configured to compress the working vapor to an intermediate pressure,
wherein the last dynamic-type compressor is configured to compress the working vapor to the working pressure, and
wherein one or more heat exchangers are arranged downstream from the first dynamic-type compressor or a further dynamic-type compressor of the plurality of dynamic-type compressors, and wherein the one or more heat exchangers is configured to withdraw heat from the working vapor and to heat water with the heat withdrawn.

US Pat. No. 10,337,744

HEAT COOKING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heat cooking device comprising:a casing;
a heating chamber disposed inside the casing; and
an exhaust duct having an outlet provided on a rear edge side of an upper surface of the casing such that exhaust air from an inside of the casing is blown out forward, wherein
an upper outer wall surface of a rear surface plate of the casing is covered by the exhaust duct to form an exhaust passage between the casing and the exhaust duct,
a bottom portion of the exhaust passage is inclined obliquely downward in one of right and left directions of the casing,
an opening portion is provided between the rear surface plate of the casing and the exhaust duct on a lower side of the bottom portion of the exhaust passage,
a stepped part recesses towards the rear surface plate and is provided on an upper side of the rear surface plate of the casing, and
the stepped part of the casing is covered by the exhaust duct, so that an outer wall surface of the exhaust duct is located on the same plane as an outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing below the stepped part, in the outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing, or the outer wall surface of the exhaust duct is located in front of the outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing below the stepped part, in the outer wall surface of the rear surface plate of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,742

COOKING APPLIANCE

1. A cooking appliance (1) comprisinga heating device (3),
a cooking chamber (4) having a cooking chamber opening (5) and heatable by the heating device (3),
a control device (7) for controlling the heating device (3), and
a cooking chamber door (6) closing off the cooking chamber opening (5), the cooking chamber door (6) having a multi-pane construction with a first pane (8) and a second pane (9),
a detector device (10) in operative connection to the control device (7), the detector device disposed in the cooking chamber (4) or on the cooking chamber door (6), the detector device (10) being actuated by the cooking chamber door (6) when the cooking chamber door (6) is completely closed, and unblocks the control device, and
a locking device (11) between the first (8) and the second (9) pane, the locking device (11) including a locking element (12) held preloaded in an initial position (13) completely between the first (8) and the second pane (9), wherein the locking element (12) is configured to be automatically displaced to a locking position (14) in the event of a defective first pane (8) and to prevent a complete closure of the cooking chamber door (6).

US Pat. No. 10,337,741

ILLUMINATION SYSTEM OF A COOKING APPLIANCE

COPRECI, S. COOP., Aretx...

1. An illumination system of a cooking appliance having a burner and a knob associated with the burner that rotates between an OFF position and a NON-OFF position, the OFF position corresponding to the burner being off, the NON-OFF position corresponding to the burner being on, the illumination system comprising;an electric circuit associated with the knob, the electrical circuit comprising:
a first connection through which a supply voltage is fed to the electric circuit;
a second connection coupled to a reference point;
a first electrical branch that is electrically disposed between the first and second connections, the first electrical branch including activation means that is operably coupled to the knob and configured to alter a voltage drop in the first electrical branch when the knob transitions from the OFF position to the NON-OFF position;
a second electrical branch that is electrically disposed between the first and second connections, the second electrical branch including a display device and being electrically connected in parallel to the first electrical branch, the display device being configured to illuminate when an electric current having a value equal to or greater than a minimum value circulates through the display device;
a control module that is configured to monitored the voltage drop in the first electrical branch and to control an electric current circulating through the display device depending on the monitored voltage drop.

US Pat. No. 10,337,740

ANNULAR COMBUSTION CHAMBER IN A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for supporting and centering a fuel injector in a turbine engine combustion chamber, comprising:means for centering a fuel injector along a centering axis, wherein the means for centering is movable in a plane that is radial to the centering axis, and
supporting means intended for being attached to a bottom of an annular chamber,
wherein the means of centering includes at least two radially external tabs, each inserted respectively in a circumferential recess of the supporting means,
wherein each of the at least two radially external tabs is associated with a corresponding circumferential abutment means, and
wherein the circumferential abutment means are configured to enable a greater angular displacement of a first one of the radially external tabs in a first circumferential recess relative to a second one of the radially external tabs in a second circumferential recess.

US Pat. No. 10,337,739

COMBUSTION BYPASS PASSIVE VALVE SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE

General Electric Company,...

1. A combustor for a gas turbine, comprising:a combustor chamber;
a compressor discharge casing (CDC) enclosing the combustor chamber and defining a CDC volume therebetween for passing compressor discharge air into the combustor chamber for use in combustion; and
a plurality of passive bypass valves for selectively extracting a portion of the compressor discharge air from the CDC volume between the combustor chamber and the compressor discharge casing to adjust a temperature in the combustor,
wherein a first of the plurality of passive bypass valves is positioned between the CDC volume and a nozzle of a turbine component of the gas turbine, and wherein a second of the plurality of passive bypass valves is positioned between the CDC volume and a transition duct at a downstream end of the combustor chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,337,738

COMBUSTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A TURBINE ENGINE

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A rich-quench-lean combustor assembly for a gas turbine engine defining an axial direction and a circumferential direction, the combustor assembly comprising:a fuel nozzle;
a dome, the fuel nozzle attached to the dome;
a liner attached to or formed integrally with the dome, the liner and the dome together defining at least in part a combustion chamber, the liner extending between a forward end and an aft end, the liner comprising an annular forward section disposed adjacent the forward end, an annular aft section disposed adjacent the aft end and extending parallel to the annular forward section, and an annular convergence section interconnecting the annular forward section and the annular aft section, the annular convergence section disposed at an oblique angle to the annular forward section and the annular aft section, the liner comprising a plurality of quench air jets positioned between the forward end and the aft end, wherein the dome and the forward section of the liner are each free of cooling holes and are configured to prevent cooling air from entering the combustion chamber;
wherein the quench air jets comprise a plurality of primary stage air jets and a plurality of secondary stage air jets, wherein the plurality of primary stage air jets are positioned at a forward end of the convergence section, and are oriented substantially perpendicularly to the axial direction, and the plurality of secondary stage air jets are positioned at an aft end of the convergence section, and are oriented oblique relative to the axial direction such that air is injected in an upstream direction relative to a flow through the combustion chamber; and
a flow sleeve extending around the liner and the dome, the flow sleeve defining a plurality of impingement cooling holes sized and oriented to direct an airflow directly onto an outer surface of the forward section of the liner and the dome.

US Pat. No. 10,337,737

COMBUSTOR TILE

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A gas turbine engine having a combustor comprising:a liner having an inner surface;
a plurality of tile assemblies secured to the inner surface of the liner, each tile assembly of the plurality of tile assemblies having a cold layer and a hot layer that are spaced apart from one another, wherein
the cold layer includes a plurality of ports for directing cooling air towards the hot layer, the port is oriented in a direction normal to the hot layer,
the hot layer includes a top surface, a bottom surface, and plurality of cooling holes having an angle in the range of 30 degrees to 75 degrees relative to the top surface of the hot layer, the cooling holes have a leading edge and a trailing edge and an exit opening, the shape of the exit opening is circular in a top plan view,
wherein at least one of: (i) the cooling hole of the hot layer has a surface that is arcuate shaped with a consistent profile from the bottom surface to the top surface, and (ii) the trailing edge of the cooling hole has a radius that smoothly blends into the top surface of the hot layer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,736

GAS TURBINE ENGINE COMBUSTOR AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

1. A gas turbine engine combustor, comprising outer and inner sheet metal combustor liners defining an exit duct at a downstream end, the exit duct having a large exit duct portion and a small exit duct portion together forming an annular combustor exit defining a combustion gas path therethrough, the large exit duct portion being radially inward of the small exit duct portion at the annular combustor exit and having an annular forged metal section, a first annular joint between the outer sheet metal combustor liner and the annular forged metal section including a butt weld connecting an upstream end of the annular forged metal section to the outer sheet metal combustor liner, there being no overlap of the annular forged metal section and the outer sheet metal combustor liner at the first annular joint, a second annular joint between a downstream end of the annular forged metal section and an annular sheet metal wall, the annular forged metal section having a downstream hot wall segment facing the combustion gas path and a downstream cold wall segment radially spaced away from the downstream hot wall segment to define a radial gap therebetween adapted to receive a turbine vane platform therein, the downstream cold wall segment being butt welded to the sheet metal wall to form the second annular joint, the annular sheet metal wall extending downstream from the annular forged metal section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,733

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING EXCESS HEAT FROM POWER PLANT FLUE GAS TO DRY BIOMASS FUEL

ZHONGYING CHANGJIANG INTE...

1. A method for drying biomass fuel using waste heat of flue gas from a power plant, the method comprising:1) stepwise recovering, by multi-stage condensation, sensible heat of flue gas; stepwise heating air using the sensible heat, to yield first-stage dry air and second-stage dry air, wherein a temperature of the first-stage dry air is higher than a temperature of the second-stage dry air; recovering latent heat of the flue gas as a heat source to exchange heat with air cooler tubes, to yield third-stage dry air, or collecting ambient cold air as the third-stage dry air, wherein a temperature of the third-stage dry air is lower than the temperature of the second-stage air;
2) convectively drying and dehydrating biomass fuel using the first-stage dry air having a temperature of between 150 and 180° C., a moisture content in the biomass fuel being reduced to between 30 and 50%;
3) further convectively drying and dehydrating the biomass fuel using the second-stage dry air having a temperature of between 80 and 100° C., the moisture content in the biomass fuel being reduced to between 25 and 30%; and
4) drying and dehydrating the biomass fuel using the third-stage dry air having a temperature of less than or equal to 25° C., the moisture content in the biomass fuel being reduced to less than 25%.

US Pat. No. 10,337,730

WICK OF FLAME DEVICE

Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc...

1. A wick of a flame device comprising: a single metallic meshed wick material including a first end, with the single metallic meshed wick material continuously configured to comprise:a spiral section with a shape including multiple loops, with the multiple loops curled about an imaginary axis, wherein the first end of the single metallic meshed wick material is curled about the imaginary axis to include the multiple loops, with the first end of the single metallic meshed wick material located inside of the multiple loops;
a flat folded section with a shape including a fold, a first length, and a second length, with the first length of the single metallic meshed wick material extending outward of the multiple loops away from the spiral section to the fold and along a first imaginary plane, with the second length of the single metallic meshed wick material integrally extending from the fold toward the spiral section and along a second imaginary plane, with the first and second imaginary planes extending in parallel and disposed in a spaced relationship, wherein the single metallic meshed wick material is folded to include the first length of the flat folded section extending outward away from the spiral section and along the first imaginary plane and the second length of the flat folded section extending toward the spiral section and along the second imaginary plane, and wherein the flat folded section is shaped by the single metallic meshed wick material after the spiral section; and
a wrapped section with a shape including at least one contour extending from the second length of the flat folded section, the wrapped section wrapping around and conforming with the spiral section as well as the first and second lengths and the fold of the flat folded section, and wherein the single metallic meshed wick material is wrapped to include the at least one contour having first and second portions respectively around the spiral and flat folded sections;
wherein a distance between the first and second imaginary planes is smaller than a diameter of the spiral section about the imaginary axis, and wherein the first and second length is larger than the diameter of the spiral section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,729

FUEL COMBUSTION SYSTEM WITH A PERFORATED REACTION HOLDER

CLEARSIGN COMBUSTION CORP...

1. A combustion system, comprising: a fuel and oxidant source configured to output fuel and oxidant into a combustion volume; and a perforated reaction holder disposed in the combustion volume and including fibers that define a plurality of perforations aligned to receive a mixture of the fuel and oxidant from the fuel and oxidant source and to support a combustion reaction of the fuel and oxidant within the perforations; wherein the fibers are reticulated ceramic fibers wherein the perforations are branching perforations that weave around and through the reticulated fibers that cause branching of oxidation fluid flow paths.

US Pat. No. 10,337,727

FURNACE INDUCER CHOKE AND A GAS FURNACE EMPLOYING THE SAME

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A furnace inducer choke, comprising:a choke body having a major surface, wherein the choke body is configured to engage a furnace inducer blower;
a tab extending from the choke body at an acute angle, wherein the tab comprises a base end and an attachment end and extends in a direction parallel to the major surface, wherein the base end is connected substantially perpendicular to an edge of a perimeter of the major surface while also being substantially parallel to the major surface of the choke body; and
a mounting feature connected to the attachment end of the tab, the mounting feature being spaced away from the choke body.

US Pat. No. 10,337,723

BAG SEARCH STICK AND METHOD OF USE

1. A bag search stick, comprising:an elongated, cylindrical body extending from a first end to a second end;
a lighting assembly configured to illuminate an inner cavity of a bag; and
a control assembly disposed within the elongated, cylindrical body, the control assembly having:
a switch and a power source, the switch configured to activate the lighting assembly and the power source configured to be recharged;
a computer;
a sensor conductively coupled to the computer, the sensor is configured to sense one or more substances within the inner cavity of the bag, and if detected, to relay the detection to the computer;
an alarm conductively coupled to the computer, the alarm is configured to activate upon detection of the one or more substances detected by the sensor; and
a transceiver conductively coupled to the computer, the transceiver is configured to emit a signal upon detection of the one or more substances;
wherein the bag search stick is configured to be used during an inspection of the bag.

US Pat. No. 10,337,720

LAMP SAFE SYSTEM

1. A lamp safe system, said system comprising:an inner casing comprising a safe door, wherein said safe door is configured to attached to said inner casing wherein said inner casing further comprises a male flange;
an outer casing comprising an outer wall and an inner wall wherein said inner wall is attached to a plurality of alignment tracks wherein said plurality of alignment tracks are connected to said inner casing;
a locking system, wherein said locking system is attached to said safe door;
a plurality of lifting springs, a plurality of lifting brackets, and a plurality of clevises wherein said lifting springs can push said inner casing out of said outer casing, wherein said lifting springs can be removably connected to said outer casing by said plurality of clevises, wherein said lifting spring is removable connected to said inner casing and said lifting brackets;
a light wherein said light is attached to one or more light holders;
a lampshade
a base wherein said base is attached to said outer casing;
a lamp body; and
an armature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,719

USB CHARGER DEVICE HAVING ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

1. A USB charger device with an additional function or ornamentation, comprising:at least one USB port for receiving a male plug of a USB wire to deliver digital data or a charging current of at least 1 Amp to an external product;
an input-wire to connect the USB charger device with an AC power source between 108V and 250V AC, either:
(a) through an external transformer for converting AC power from the AC power source into a DC current for supplying the charging current to the at least one USB port, to provide power for the additional functions, and/or for input to a DC-to-DC circuit that supplies the charging current and/or the power for the at least one additional function, or
(b) to supply the AC power to an internal AC-to-DC circuit for converting the AC power into said DC current; and
at least one decorative or functional unit built-in or added onto the USB charger device to enable the USB charger device to not only deliver said charging current or digital data, but which also enhances a value of USB charger device by providing the at least one additional function or ornamentation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,717

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND VEHICLE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A light source unit comprising:a socket housing that comprises a heat-dissipation plate formed of a metallic material, and a resin molding part;
a substrate mounted on the socket housing; and
a light emitting element serving as a light source and mounted on the substrate, wherein the heat-dissipation plate is provided with a first heat-dissipation portion that is a single flat plate portion, and the first heat-dissipation portion has a front surface that is directly attached to the substrate,
wherein the first heat-dissipation portion has a rear surface that is in direct contact with the resin molding part,
the resin molding part is single injection molded part that includes a plurality of heat-dissipation fins and a plurality of engaging protrusions circumferentially arranged around a center axis of the resin molding part that are configured to be engaged with a predetermined member,
wherein the heat-dissipation plate extends into two fins of the plurality of heat-dissipation fins, and
the socket housing is produced by a process of integrally molding the heat-dissipation plate and the resin molding part.

US Pat. No. 10,337,716

COMBINATION LED LIGHTING AND FAN APPARATUS

1. A combination fan and light fixture comprising:a housing having the dimensions of a ceiling tile, said housing comprising a light chamber, a separate fan chamber and a vent;
a first fan positioned within the fan chamber of the housing and a second fan positioned within the fan chamber of the housing forming a fan cavity wherein the first fan rotates in a first direction and the second fan rotates in a second direction to generate a stable air flow into the fan chamber;
an LED light fixture adapted to emit light, positioned within the light chamber, wherein the light chamber includes a lens through which the light from the LED light fixture is disbursed from the light chamber; and
an air diversion mechanism positioned in the housing in proximity of the fan to direct air from the fan cavity through a vent in the vent section of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,337,712

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a base;
a light source configured to emit light;
a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature changes by radiant heat of the light source; and
an adhesive layer arranged between the temperature sensor and the base,
wherein the adhesive layer has a contact region that is in contact with the base and a non-contact region that is not in contact with the base.

US Pat. No. 10,337,707

LUMINAIRE WITH ARTICULATED LEDS

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a plurality of LED modules into which are mounted at least one LED;
a common carrier in which the plurality of LED modules are mounted;
a global articulation motor;
a physical drive mechanism mechanically coupling the global articulation motor to the common carrier, the global articulation motor and the physical drive mechanism being configured to rotate the common carrier around a first pivot axis;
a plurality of independent articulators which independently articulate corresponding individual LED module around individual second pivot axes, wherein the second pivot axes are different from the first pivot axis;
wherein each LED module is individually and separately pivotably mounted to the common carrier, wherein movement of each LED module around its second pivot axis is independent of movement of a neighboring LED module around its second pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,337,700

BOLT LOCKING STRUCTURE FOR WATERPROOF LED LAMP

1. A locking structure for a waterproof LED lamp comprising:a first casing, being in a rectangular shape, having four first peripheral walls and multiple first protrusions and multiple first recesses which are coplanarly formed on each of the four first peripheral walls, any two adjacent of the multiple first protrusions being separated by one of the multiple first recesses, and any two adjacent of the multiple first recesses being separated by one of the multiple first protrusions;
a second casing, being in a rectangular shape corresponding to the first casing, having four second peripheral walls and multiple second protrusions and multiple second recesses which are coplanarly formed on each of the four second peripheral walls, any two adjacent of the multiple second protrusions being separated by one of the multiple second recesses, and any two adjacent of the multiple second recesses being separated by one of the multiple second protrusions; and
multiple connecting rods;
wherein each of the multiple first protrusions of the first casing is embedded into one of the multiple second recesses of the second casing, each of the multiple first recesses of the first casing is embedded by one of the multiple second protrusions of the second casing, and all of the first and second protrusions and the first and second recesses which engage with each other are coplanar; and
wherein multiple through holes are coaxially formed in each of the first and second protrusions which are adjacent, and each of the connecting rods is inserted into the multiple through holes which align with each other to fasten the first casing and the second casing together.

US Pat. No. 10,337,699

LIGHT

H4X e.U., Graz (AT)

1. A light, witha light base body; and
lighting segments which are inserted into the light base body;
wherein each of the lighting segments emits light in a directional manner and has a predefined emission characteristic;
wherein the emission characteristics of the lighting segments comprise at least two different emission characteristics;
wherein the inserted lighting segments form an array extending in a plane, the lighting segments being arranged in a fixed orientation; and
wherein, by the light, light effects are achievable in horizontal and vertical partial areas of a room in a building.

US Pat. No. 10,337,696

VEHICLE LENS ASSEMBLY AND LENS MANUFACTURING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle lens assembly, comprising:a transparent base; and
a transparent film including a first layer and a second layer, the first layer bonded directly to the transparent base, the second layer is polymethylmethacrylate-based and is more resistant to ultraviolet radiation than the first layer and the transparent base.

US Pat. No. 10,337,694

LED LAMP AND LIGHTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

PHOENIX ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. An LED lamp comprising:a reflector comprising a reflective surface having a first focal point and a second focal point, and an opening, wherein the second focal point is located at a first distance from the opening;
a plurality of LEDs;
a pillar having a center point disposed at the first focal point of the reflector, the pillar defined by a polygonal cross-sectional shape, the pillar including a plurality of lateral surfaces on which the plurality of LEDs are disposed; and
a lens disposed at a second distance from the opening that is greater than the first distance;wherein:the lens refracts rays of light from the reflector toward an irradiation surface,
a pillar radius ratio falls in a range of greater than or equal to 4.19% and less than or equal to 18.25%, the pillar radius ratio being defined as a dimensional ratio of a pillar radius to a radius of an opening of the reflector, the pillar radius being defined as a distance from a center point of the pillar to each of the plurality of lateral surfaces,
the reflective surface being adapted to reflect rays of light emitted from the plurality of LEDs, the reflector causing the rays of light reflected by the reflective surface to be irradiated from the opening, and
the following formula is satisfied:
26.54e0.0174x??1.498×D+39.583, where
D: the pillar radius ratio (%), and
x: a directive angle (°) of the lens refracting the rays of light from the reflector toward an irradiation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,692

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING LIGHT SPILL

Robe Lighting s.r.o., Ro...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a plurality of light modules, each having a light source at a proximal end, an exit aperture at a distal end, and a light enclosure covering the light source;
a first light shield, comprising a plurality of first apertures corresponding to the plurality of light modules, each first aperture fitting around a corresponding light module, the first light shield configured to reduce light spill from the light enclosures of the plurality of light modules toward the distal ends of the plurality of light modules;
a first baffle forming sides of a plurality of first shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of light modules;
a second light shield, comprising a plurality of second apertures corresponding to the plurality of light modules, each second aperture fitting around a corresponding light module, the second light shield coupled to a proximal end of the first baffle, the exit aperture of each light module located in a corresponding first shielding compartment, the second light shield configured to reduce light spill from the first shielding compartments toward the proximal ends of the plurality of light modules;
a plurality of output lenses corresponding to the plurality of first shielding compartments, the plurality of output lenses coupled to a distal end of the first baffle, the edges of each lens coated with a light absorbing coating; and
a second baffle forming sides of a plurality of second shielding compartments corresponding to the plurality of output lenses, a proximal end of the second baffle coupled to the plurality of output lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,337,688

VEHICLE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:a lamp chamber defined by a lamp housing having an opening and a cover for closing the opening;
a plurality of planar light emitting bodies arranged at a gap in the lamp chamber; and
a light guide of which at least a portion is arranged on a line intersecting with the gap,
the light guide protruding from a first direction and a second direction opposite from the first direction, the first and second directions being substantially parallel with a thickness direction of the plurality of planar light emitting bodies.

US Pat. No. 10,337,681

ELECTRONIC CANDLE

1. An electronic candle, comprising:a housing that includes an opening on a top surface;
a lens mounted at the opening of the housing;
a light emitting device disposed within the housing, wherein light emitted from the light emitting device passes through the lens and produces an image of a flame that extends above the opening of the housing; and
a flame image controller disposed within the housing and including a bracket, a first permanent magnet, and a second permanent magnet,
wherein a first end of the bracket connects to the light emitting device, and a second end of the bracket connects to the second permanent magnet,
wherein the flame image controller changes a size of the image of the flame that extends above the housing by moving the light emitting device in a horizontal direction with respect to the lens in response to a first magnetic field applied to the first permanent magnet, and
wherein the flame image controller flickers the image of the flame that extends above the housing by vibrating the light emitting device in response to a second magnetic field applied to the second permanent magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,680

METHOD FOR IMPROVED AERIAL LIGHTING

Musco Corporation, Oskal...

1. A method of lighting a sports field including a plane and an aerial space proximate the plane comprising:a. illuminating the plane to a first defined light level with a first plurality of aimable light sources mounted to elevating structures at spaced apart positions at or near the top of the elevating structures;
b. illuminating the aerial space to a second defined light level with a second plurality of aimable light sources mounted to said elevating structures at or near the top of the elevating structures;
c. identifying one or more factors associated with the sports field which could impact perceived glare of one or more players, said factors comprising any of:
i. trajectory of a ball or other object in flight;
ii. illumination of a ball or other object in flight; or
iii. lines-of-sight of said players; and
d. cutting off light from said first and second plurality of light sources relative one or more player positions based, at least in part, on said identified factors.

US Pat. No. 10,337,677

EDGE-LIT LUMINAIRE

1. An edge-lit luminaire comprising:a frame that is defined by
a plate, having a top surface and a bottom surface;
a first edge;
a second edge;
a third edge;
a fourth edge;
wherein the plate, the first edge, the second edge, the third edge, and the fourth edge define an interior cavity;
at least three optically-transmissive panels sequentially aligned with one another and defined at least by
a left side panel;
a right side panel;
at least one central panel;
wherein each of the left side, right side, and central panels are defined by at least a left edge and a right edge, and
wherein the at least one central panel is disposed between the left side panel and the right side panel such that the left edge of the at least one central panel is disposed adjacent the right edge of the left side panel and the right edge of the at least one central panel is disposed adjacent the left edge of the right side panel;
a light source operable to deliver light into the interior cavity and disposed adjacent an interior side of at least one of the first, second, third, or fourth edges of the frame; and
means for electrically coupling the light source to an external power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,337,674

CONTROL SYSTEM IN A GAS PIPELINE NETWORK TO SATISFY PRESSURE CONSTRAINTS

Air Products and Chemical...

1. A system for controlling flow of gas in a gas pipeline network comprising:a gas pipeline network comprising one or more gas production plants each having a minimum and maximum production rate, one or more gas receipt facilities of a customer each having a demand rate, a plurality of pipeline segments, a plurality of pipeline network nodes, and a plurality of control elements,
wherein flow of gas within each of the plurality of pipeline segments is associated with a direction, the direction being associated with a positive sign or a negative sign;
one or more processors configured to:
calculate a minimum signed flow rate and a maximum signed flow rate for each pipeline segment as a function of the minimum and maximum production rates of the one or more gas production plants and the demand rates of the one or more gas receipt facilities, the minimum signed flow rate constituting a lower bound for flow in each pipeline segment and the maximum signed flow rate constituting an upper bound for flow in each pipeline segment;
linearize a nonlinear pressure drop relationship within the lower bound for the flow and the upper bound for the flow to create a linearized pressure drop model for each pipeline segment; and
calculate a network flow solution, using the linear pressure drop model, comprising flow rates for each of the plurality of pipeline segments to satisfy demand constraints and pressures for each of the plurality of network nodes to satisfy pressure constraints, wherein a lower bound pressure constraint comprises a minimum delivery pressure and an upper bound pressure constraint comprises a maximum operating pressure of the pipeline, the network flow solution being associated with control element setpoints; and
at least one controller receiving data describing the control element setpoints and controlling at least some of the plurality of control elements using the data describing the control element setpoints;
wherein the linearized pressure drop model for each pipeline segment is a slope-only model having an intercept of zero, if the sign of the minimum signed flow rate is different than the sign of the maximum signed flow rate of the pipeline segment.

US Pat. No. 10,337,673

PRESSURE VESSEL LID QUICK CLOSURE SYSTEM

1. A pressure vessel comprising:a. a lid assembly;
b. a shell assembly having an opening;
c. a first clamping ring disposed on the underside of the lid assembly;
d. a second clamping ring disposed around the opening of the shell assembly,
e. a clamping channel for receiving the first and second clamping rings, the clamping channel comprised of a first channel subassembly and a second channel subassembly, and
f. a first closure mechanism operatively connected to a first end of the first channel subassembly and a second end of the second channel assembly, and a second closure mechanism operatively connected to a first end of the second channel subassembly and a second end of the first channel assembly, each closure mechanism comprising a cam plate rotatable about a cam pivot pin affixed between the ends of the first and second channel subassemblies,wherein rotation of the first and second closure mechanisms exerts a radial tension to draw the first and second channel subassemblies in a horizontal plane toward the center of the pressure vessel and brings the first clamping ring into firm contact with the second clamping ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,670

PRESSURE VESSEL

1. A pressure vessel, comprising:a connecting element;
an inner vessel;
a support shell which surrounds the inner vessel;
wherein the connecting element comprises a neck section in a form of a sleeve and a shoulder section;
wherein the connecting element is bonded via an outer face thereof to an inner face of the inner vessel;
wherein the inner vessel is bonded to the support shell such that the inner vessel is arranged in a sandwich-like manner at least in sections between the connecting element and the support shell;
wherein the pressure vessel has at least one orifice defined by the neck section of the connecting element;
wherein at least a portion of the outer face of the connecting element facing the inner vessel has a mean roughness of 50 ?m or more;
wherein at least a portion of the outer face of the connecting element has a coating of thermoplastic polymer;
wherein the outer face of the neck section of the connecting element has at least one circumferential groove extending in a circumferential direction of the neck section; and
wherein the coating of thermoplastic polymer fully covers an entirety of the outer face of the neck section of the connecting element and fills the at least one circumferential groove.

US Pat. No. 10,337,669

SUBTERRANEAN SEALED TANK WITH VARYING WIDTH

1. An apparatus comprising a casing string having a containment section disposed between first and second end regions, the containment section comprising a uniform diameter body disposed between first and second couplers, the first and second couplers each having variable diameters, the containment section having a first width, each of the first and second end regions having a second width, the first width being greater than the second width of the respective first or second end regions, the entire casing string sealed to maintain a gas at 5,000 psi or more until a gas delivery assembly attached to the first end region releases gas stored in the casing string.

US Pat. No. 10,337,668

MOUNTING BRACKET AND METHOD OF USE

1. A mounting system comprising:a mounting bracket configured for mounting to a wall, said mounting bracket comprising a vertical portion having a front face, a rear face, a top end, and a bottom end, said top end of said vertical portion terminating into a pair of angled arms, thereby forming a Y-shaped bracket, each one of said pair of angled arms extending outwardly and upwardly at an angle away from said vertical portion and from said wall thereby creating a storage space;
a first receiver hole passing through said vertical portion in proximity with said top end and a second receiver hole passing through said vertical portion in proximity with said bottom end, said first and second receiver holes configured to receive mounting connectors for affixing said mounting bracket to said wall;
at least one hook affixed to said front face of said vertical portion, said hook connecting with a band;
a first ladder connected to said mounting bracket storage space via said pair of angled arms such that said angled arms bias said first ladder against said wall, thereby preventing said first ladder from sliding away from said vertical portion of said mounting bracket; and
a second ladder connected to said mounting bracket and mounted to said mounting bracket via said band such that said band passes over a portion of said first ladder, thereby pinning said first ladder against said wall with said second ladder and said band.

US Pat. No. 10,337,666

FLASHLIGHT MOUNT

1. A flashlight mount comprising:a flexible mast configured to be positioned in one of a plurality of orientations;
a clamp adaptor attached to an elbow joint at one end of said flexible mast wherein a single groove is formed vertically on an inside surface of said clamp adaptor wherein said elbow joint is rotatable relative to said flexible mast and wherein said clamp adaptor is rotatable relative to said elbow joint; and
an inner ring configured to be mounted inside said clamp adaptor, said inner ring having:
a single outer groove formed vertically on an outside surface of said inner ring wherein said inner groove and said outer groove interlock; and
an opening in said inner ring having a first diameter configured to receive a device having a second diameter wherein said inner ring is rotatable with respect to said clamp adaptor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,663

TWO-DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM ROTATION CONTROL DEVICE AND APPLICATION SYSTEM

1. A two-degree-of-freedom rotation control device, comprising:a rotating body having a friction spherical surface, wherein a load mounting platform is provided on a top of the rotating body or inside the rotating body;
a fixing and supporting structure configured to hold the rotating body, to allow the rotating body to have only rotational degrees of freedom; and
driving motors, wherein each of the driving motors has a linear driving end, and the linear driving end of each of the driving motors is in direct contact with the friction spherical surface of the rotating body, to allow the linear driving end and the rotating body to form a friction transmission pair tangent to the friction spherical surface; and
wherein there are four driving motors distributed uniformly at a periphery of the rotating body at equal phase angles of 90 degrees, and gyroscopic moments of friction transmission pairs of every two opposed driving motors have opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,661

THERMAL INSULATED ICE HOLE WRAP DEVICES AND METHODS

1. An ice hole wrap configured to extend at least partially between a floor of an ice shelter and a surface of ice that supports the ice shelter, comprising:a cylindrical wall having a first circular end, and a second circular end, the cylindrical wall defining a circular opening and having a height between the first and second circular ends,
wherein the cylindrical wall is foldable between a first configuration in which the cylindrical wall has a first height between the first and second circular ends, and a second configuration in which the cylindrical wall has a second height between the first and second circular ends, the first height different than the second height; and
wherein in the first configuration the first circular end is defined by a folded region of a first foldable material.

US Pat. No. 10,337,658

PART INSERTABLE INTO A PIPE SECTION USING A PRESS-FIT CONNECTION

NEOPERL GMBH, Mullheim (...

1. An insertable plumbing element (1) that is insertable, into an end-located insertion opening in a plumbing pipe section, the insertable plumbing element (1) comprising:an insertion plug (2) including, at least on an outer circumference, an outer layer (3) of elastic material adapted for frictional engagement in the insertion opening,
a reinforcing sleeve (4), made of a material that is inflexible in comparison with the outer layer and which is surrounded by the outer layer (3), that reinforces the outer layer (3) transversely to a plug longitudinal axis; and
a flow restrictor or a flow rate regulator (7) at least on one end region of the reinforcing sleeve (4).

US Pat. No. 10,337,656

QUICK CONNECT WITH VISUAL INDICATOR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:generating an image of an engine quick connect device during engine manufacturing;
digitally measuring, via the image, an angle or a distance between a flexible indicating arm and an outer circumference of the quick connect device;
adjusting subsequent manufacturing operation in response to an indication of less than full engagement of the quick connect device based on the measured angle or distance; and
generating the image of the quick connect device and digitally measuring the angle and the distance, and indicating full engagement of the quick connect device via a visualizing machine, wherein the visualizing machine indicates full engagement when the measured angle is greater than a threshold angle, the distance is greater than a threshold distance, and the arm is visible, wherein the manufacturing is on an engine line, and wherein the visualizing machine includes a camera and a computer.

US Pat. No. 10,337,653

SLIP-ON COUPLING GASKET

Anvil International, LLC,...

1. A method of installing a pipe coupling to connect a first pipe element to a second pipe element, the method comprising:sliding the pipe coupling as a preassembled unit over an outermost surface of the first pipe element, the pipe coupling comprising a coupling segment and an annular gasket, the annular gasket comprising an annular body and a pair of sealing ribs extending substantially radially inward from the annular body, each sealing rib comprising a sealing ridge defining a sealing surface, the sealing surface of each sealing ridge being coannular in an undeformed state, the sealing surfaces defining a pair of radially innermost surfaces of the annular gasket;
introducing an end of the second pipe element to an end of the first pipe element to place the first pipe element and the second pipe element in end-facing relationship;
aligning the pipe coupling over the first pipe element and the second pipe element; and
securing the coupling to the first pipe element and the second pipe element; and
wherein the sealing surface of each sealing ridge defines a diameter greater than a diameter of the outermost surface of the first pipe element and a diameter of an outermost surface of the second pipe element; and
wherein sliding the pipe coupling as a preassembled unit over the outermost surface of the first pipe element comprises sliding the annular gasket over the outermost surface of the first pipe element without contacting the outermost surface of the first pipe element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,650

CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TELESCOPING ASSEMBLY

MOBILE TECH, INC., Lake ...

1. A cable management system for a telescoping assembly, comprising:an outer section;
an inner section slidably mounted in the outer section for telescoping movements, the outer and the inner sections having respective proximal and distal ends, the proximal end of the inner section being received in the distal end of the outer section; and
a cable assembly routed through the outer and the inner sections, the cable assembly having a plurality of segments and being retained via cable support members arranged within the telescoping assembly such that a predetermined segment of the plurality of segments is bendable during the telescoping movements; and
wherein at least some of the cable support members comprise:
a retainer fixedly mounted to an inside surface of the outer section at a distance from a first guiding block retainably housed in the distal end of the outer section; and
a second guiding block fixedly mounted to an outside surface of the inner section proximate the proximal end of the inner section so as to travel between the first guiding block and the retainer during the telescoping movements.

US Pat. No. 10,337,648

FIXED CONE SLEEVE VALVE WITH FINGER EXTENSIONS ON SLEEVE GATE FOR CAVITATION SUPPRESSION

1. A fixed cone sleeve valve comprising:a valve housing having an upstream inlet and a downstream outlet:
a conically shaped valve body;
a sleeve gate having an upstream proximal end and a downstream distal end, the sleeve gate being movable relative to the conically shaped valve body between an open position in which the sleeve gate distal end is spaced from the conically shaped valve body to define a flow path for a flow of a liquid between the sleeve gate and the conically shaped valve body, and a closed position in which the sleeve gate engages the conically shaped valve body in a manner to close the flow path and prevent a flow of a liquid between the sleeve gate and the conically shaped valve body; and
an extension member extending radially outward and axially downstream from the downstream, distal end of the sleeve gate, the extension member having outer and inner surfaces with openings extending between the outer and inner surfaces, the extension member being arranged on the sleeve gate in a manner to allow communication through the openings into the flow path when the sleeve gate is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,645

SEED GATE ASSEMBLY FOR AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

CNH Industrial Canada, Lt...

1. A planting system comprising:a seed storage tank configured to store seeds before distribution to one or more ground engaging opener assemblies of an agricultural implement;
a seed meter comprising one or more meter rollers configured to control seed distribution from the seed meter to the one or more ground engaging opener assemblies of the agricultural implement; and
a seed gate assembly disposed between the seed storage tank and the seed meter, wherein the seed gate assembly comprises:
a gate barrier configured to control seed flow from the seed storage tank into the seed meter by moving to an open position that enables seed flow from the seed storage tank into the seed meter and by moving to a closed position that blocks seed flow from the seed storage tank into the seed meter; and
a first seed agitator extending substantially perpendicularly from a surface of the gate barrier, wherein the first seed agitator is configured to extend into the seed storage tank as the gate barrier moves toward the closed position to dislodge clumped seeds in the seed storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,337,644

ADJUSTABLE VALVE GRIP

1. An adjustable valve grip for a gas cylinder valve handle, the adjustable valve grip comprising:a first portion of the adjustable valve grip;
a second portion of the adjustable valve grip;
wherein the second portion of the adjustable valve grip is a threaded screw operatively connected to the first portion of the adjustable valve grip, and passing through the first portion;
wherein the first portion of the adjustable valve grip is capable of being snap-fit over the gas cylinder valve handle, the snap fit being achieved by at least three tabs located on the bottom the first portion;
wherein the gas valve handle has a top and a bottom and an axis of rotation, the top and bottom of the gas valve handle being rotatable in a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation; and
wherein the adjustable valve grip is tightened to the gas valve handle by rotating the second portion such that the threaded screw is tightened and the screw exerts pressure on the top of the gas valve handle and the at least three tabs exert pressure on the bottom of the gas valve handle.

US Pat. No. 10,337,643

VALVE DEVICE FOR A PRESSURIZED GAS CONTAINER

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A valve device for a pressurized gas container, havinga valve housing and functional elements which are introduced into the valve housing, one of the functional elements being an extraction valve having a valve body that is movable between an open position and a closed position,
wherein a manual actuating element is provided for moving the valve body into an at least partially open position, the manual actuating element configured to move towards the valve body in an engaging direction and away from the valve body in a disengaging direction,
and wherein the valve housing includes a stop which is structured to restrict movement of the manual actuating element in the engaging direction,
and wherein the stop is configured to permit one stroke of the valve body, which is smaller than a stroke during a regular opening of the valve body for removing gas,
wherein the manual actuating element includes:
a sleeve that has a borehole on an inner side thereof;
a pin rotationally movable in the borehole that extends into the borehole; and
a plunger provided at an upper end of the pin which contacts the valve body,
wherein the sleeve is configured to rotate relative to the pin, and the pin is coupled to the sleeve, and wherein the pin is axially movable relative to the sleeve while the manual actuating element is moving in the disengaging direction.

US Pat. No. 10,337,638

SLOW-SHIFT SPM VALVE

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A subplate mounted (SPM) valve comprising:a valve body having pilot port;
a piston configured to be actuated by fluid from the pilot port;
a valve chamber in fluid communication with the pilot port, the piston being slidably disposed in the valve chamber;
a first control chamber formed in the body, wherein a seal coupled to the piston divides the valve chamber from the first control chamber;
a first flow restrictor fluidicly disposed between the valve chamber and the first control chamber configured to restrict flow in at least one direction between the valve chamber and the first control chamber;
a bias element disposed in the first control chamber;
a cage coupled to the body and having a supply port, a return port, and a work port; and
a spool slidably engaged with the cage and configured to selectively restrict flow between the supply port and the return port by actuation of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,337,636

DISPLACEMENT CONTROL VALVE

EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.,...

1. A displacement control valve inserted and fitted in a mounting hole provided in a casing of a variable displacement compressor, wherein a direction in which the displacement control valve is inserted in the mounting hole is defined as a downward direction, and a direction opposite the downward direction is defined as an upward direction, the displacement control valve comprising:a device casing,
an end member that is provided on an upper end portion of the device casing, wherein the end member is mounted at or close to an upper opening end of the mounting hole, and
a sealing lip that is constituted by a proximal portion and a lip portion connected to each other, wherein:
the proximal portion constitutes an inner side of the sealing lip and is fixedly clamped between and by the end member and the device casing, and
the lip portion constitutes an outer side of the sealing lip and abuts on an inner peripheral surface of the mounting hole, wherein the lip portion is disposed between the end member and the device casing in a manner that a lower surface of the lip portion facing downward is freely touchable to and separable from the casing of the displacement control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,634

CURRENT CONTROL CIRCUIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A current control circuit for an electromagnetic valve provided in an oil pressure circuit to feed back an output oil pressure, the current control circuit comprising:a PWM signal generation part configured to generate a PWM signal outputted to a driving circuit of the electromagnetic valve;
a target setting part configured to set a target current value, which is a target value of an excitation current of the electromagnetic valve and periodically varies with a predetermined dither amplitude and a dither period longer than a pulse period of the PWM signal;
a duty ratio setting part configured to set a duty ratio of the PWM signal so that an actual current of the excitation current of the electromagnetic valve follows the target current value; and
a vibration detection part configured to calculate a phase difference between the target current value and the actual current value and detecting a presence of self-excited vibration in the electromagnetic valve because of a resonance of a feedback of the output oil pressure and driving of the electromagnetic valve in the dither period when the phase difference decreases relative to an increase in the target current value or the phase difference increases relative to a decrease in the dither period.

US Pat. No. 10,337,632

DIAPHRAGM VALVE

1. A diaphragm valve for controlling a process fluid by means of a diaphragm, the diaphragm valve comprising:the diaphragm;
a drive housing;
a drive subassembly constructed in a first state external to the drive housing and comprising a first spring element structurally retaining the drive subassembly in a pretensioned state while in the first state, and in a second state the drive subassembly is arranged within the drive housing with the first spring element structurally maintaining the drive subassembly in a pretensioned state; and
a pretensioning subassembly constructed in a first state external to the drive housing and comprising a second spring element structurally retaining the pretensioning subassembly in a pretensioned state while in the first state, and in a second state the pretensioning subassembly is positioned between the drive subassembly and the diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 10,337,631

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF OF A HYDRAULIC FLUID FLOW IN THE EVENT OF A LOSS IN PRESSURE

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A system for providing a flow of a hydraulic fluid having a fluid pressure to a hydraulic tool, the system configured to prevent excessive loss of the hydraulic fluid when the fluid pressure decreases in the system, the system comprising:a first valve directing the flow through a source coupler to the hydraulic tool when the fluid pressure is above a first pressure threshold;
a second valve receiving the flow from a return coupler and directing the flow to a return when the fluid pressure is equal to or greater than the first pressure threshold; and
a third valve directing the flow from a pump to the return when the fluid pressure is below a second pressure threshold;
wherein the third valve directs the flow from the pump to the first valve when the fluid pressure is above the second pressure threshold,
wherein the third valve is disposed between the first valve and the second valve.

US Pat. No. 10,337,629

CHECK VALVE

1. A check valve comprising:a housing having an inlet connected to an outlet and including an interior guide;
a stop disposed in the housing;
a membrane disposed in the housing and being movable and bendable to control fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet, the membrane being movable into contact with the stop and comprising a disc base having a spike protruding therefrom, the spike being movably received within the interior guide of the housing;
wherein the stop comprises an elongated extension about which the disc base of the membrane may bend along a line or a curve such that the extension lies between overlapping sections of the disc base, and wherein the extension has a length in a direction normal to the direction of fluid flow between the inlet and the outlet, the length of the extension being at least half of the diameter of the undeformed membrane; and
wherein the extension includes a strip joined to a strut, the strip facing the membrane and having a thickness less than the strut.

US Pat. No. 10,337,627

COMPOSITE SANDWICH PANELS FOR OILFIELD VALVE

Weatherford Technology Ho...

1. An oilfield valve having a body defining a throughbore and configured for controlling flow through the throughbore, comprising:a disc connected to the body and movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the disc has a top surface and a bottom surface and defines a perimeter, and further wherein the disc is composed of a composite material;
wherein the composite material comprises a facesheet and a core material adjacent to the facesheet; and
wherein the facesheet comprises a matrix phase and a reinforcement phase.

US Pat. No. 10,337,626

HEATING MEDIUM CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE, AND AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE INCLUDING THE HEATING MEDIUM CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A heating medium channel switching device, comprising:a cylindrical valve body wherein an interior is partitioned into two channels by a partition plate disposed in a longitudinal direction and two aperture portions that form a heating medium outlet and inlet are provided in a side surface corresponding to each of the channels; and
a body having a valve chamber that houses the valve body, a plurality of inlets that communicate with the aperture portions and allow a heating medium to flow into the valve body, and a plurality of outlets that communicate with the aperture portions and allow a heating medium to flow out from the valve body,
wherein
the body has as the inlets, a first inlet into which a first heating medium flows, a second inlet into which a second heating medium flows, and a common inlet into which either one of a third heating medium or fourth heating medium flows, and has as the outlets, a common outlet out of which either one of the first heating medium or the second heating medium flows, a third outlet out of which the third heating medium flows, and a fourth outlet out of which the fourth heating medium flows, and
the valve body being configured such that one of the aperture portions of one of the channels communicates with either one of the first inlet or the second inlet while the other aperture portion of the channel communicates only with the common outlet, and one of the aperture portions of the other channel communicates only with the common inlet while the other aperture portion of the channel communicates with either one of the third outlet or the fourth outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,337,624

SPLIT GATE VALVE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a valve assembly, comprising:
a valve body having a fluid passage that intersects with a valve cavity, wherein the valve cavity has four interior sides and four corner portions extending straight along an axis of the valve cavity directly from a first body side toward an opposite second body side of the valve body, and the valve body has four exterior sides extending straight along the axis directly from the first body side toward the opposite second body side of the valve body; and
a valve disposed in the valve cavity, wherein the valve is split into first and second valve sections that are biased apart from one another against opposite sides of the valve cavity, the valve comprises four sides having surfaces extending straight lengthwise along the axis and contacting the four interior sides of the valve cavity, the valve comprises four non-right-angled side portions extending straight lengthwise along the axis and facing the four corner portions of the valve cavity, and the valve comprises a valve bore extending through the first and second valve sections; and
a rolling actuator coupled to the valve, wherein the rolling actuator is configured to open or close the valve relative to the fluid passage by moving the valve along the axis and positioning the valve bore in or out of the fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,337,619

SEAL RING COMPOSITE FOR IMPROVED HYDRODYNAMIC SEAL PERFORMANCE

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A seal assembly, comprising:a stationary seal ring including a first sealing surface, the first sealing surface including first and second portions; and
a rotating mating ring including a second sealing surface;
wherein the first portion includes a first surface roughness,
the second portion includes a second surface roughness,
the second surface roughness is rougher than the first surface roughness,
the first portion is at least partially aligned with a smooth portion of the second sealing surface,
the second portion is at least partially aligned with a grooved portion of the second sealing surface,
the second portion is provided on a side of the stationary seal ring for scavenging a working fluid,
the second portion is configured to increase flow of said working fluid to the grooved portion, and
the increased flow of said working fluid is configured to provide a fluid boundary layer between the stationary seal ring and the rotating mating ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,604

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A GEARBOX ACTUATOR

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A position monitoring method for monitoring a position of a gearbox actuator responsible for engaging a ratio at an end of a preliminary phase of synchronization of two shafts of a gearbox by a electrical machine whose torque is controlled to bring a difference between speeds of the two shafts into a range which permits mechanical coupling of the two shafts, the position monitoring method comprising:monitoring neutral shifting of the gearbox actuator during a change of ratio, and
ensuring a convergence of a measured speed on one of the two shafts with an observed speed as a function of a value of observed inertia on the one of the two shafts relative to an expected value as a function of the gearbox actuator by using an estimate of an estimated torque of the electrical machine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,592

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC...

1. A multiple speed transmission, comprising:an input member;
an output member;
first, second, third and fourth planetary gearsets each having first, second and third members;
a plurality of interconnecting members each connected between at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets and at least another of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets;
a first torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the first member of the first planetary gearset and the first member of the second planetary gearset with a stationary member;
a second torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the first planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a third torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the second planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fourth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the third planetary gearset with the first member of the third planetary gearset and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset; and
a fifth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset and the third member of the fourth planetary gearset with the third member of the third planetary gearset;
wherein, the third planetary gearset comprises an idler planetary gearset;
wherein the torque transmitting mechanisms are selectively engageable in combinations of at least three to establish at least eight forward speed ratios and at least one reverse speed ratio between the input member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,579

VIBRATION ISOLATION MOUNT FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A mount for an electric motor, the mount being formed of an elastomeric material and comprising a sleeve around which a plurality of ribs are formed, wherein the mount is disposed between the electric motor and a motor housing, wherein the ribs comprise first ribs and second ribs, and the first ribs project further from the sleeve than the second ribs, such that the first ribs deform before the second ribs when the mount absorbs radial acceleration;wherein the mount comprises one or more locking projections formed on an inner surface of the sleeve, and
wherein each first rib includes a void disposed along a length of the rib so as to make the first ribs more compliant to radial acceleration than the second ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,337,537

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A HEALTH STATUS OF A TANK

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A system for determining a health status of a tank, the system comprising:a hydraulic system including the tank and at least one hydraulic actuator, the hydraulic actuator coupled in fluid communication with a fluid within the tank;
one or more sensors coupled to the tank, the one or more sensors including a temperature sensor and a pressure sensor;
at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator, the at least one sensor configured to sense an amount of the fluid within the at least one hydraulic actuator;
a breather valve coupled to the tank; and
a controller controllably connected to the at least one hydraulic actuator and connected in electronic communication with an operator console display unit, the one or more sensors coupled to the tank, and the at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator, the controller configured to:
receive a signal indicative of a temperature of the fluid within the tank from the temperature sensor;
receive a signal indicative of a volume of the fluid within the tank from the at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator;
determine an estimated pressure of the fluid within the tank based on the signal indicative of the temperature of the fluid within the tank received from the temperature sensor and the signal indicative of the volume of the fluid within the tank received from the at least one sensor coupled to the at least one hydraulic actuator and a breather performance curve associated with the breather valve;
receive a signal indicative of a pressure of the fluid within the tank from the pressure sensor;
compare the estimated pressure with the pressure of the fluid within the tank;
determine the health status of the tank based on the comparison; and
actuate one or more of the operator console display unit and the at least one hydraulic actuator based upon the determined health status of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,337,530

PRESS ON HEAT/SPLASH AND ENGINE COOLING FAN ASSEMBLY HAVING SAME

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A fan shroud assembly comprising:a fan shroud having a boss formed thereon; and
a shield having an aperture and at least one slot communicating with the aperture to allow deflection of the shield in a region adjacent the aperture, the aperture being smaller than the boss such that the aperture receives the boss with an interference fit, causing deflection of the shield, to secure the shield on the fan shroud.

US Pat. No. 10,337,512

GEAR PUMP WITH DUAL PRESSURE RELIEF

Carrier Corporation, Pal...

15. A method for using the pump of claim 1, the method comprising:rotating the rotor, the rotating causing a pressure increase in the interior volume; and
the pressure increase acting to shift the pressure relief element against said spring bias from the first condition to the second condition, the shift facilitating a pressure relief flow from the interior through the pressure relief port.

US Pat. No. 10,337,492

WIND POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

1. A wind power generation system comprising:a generator including a rotor;
a shaft connected to the rotor;
at least one leaf group including:
a movable barrel movably sleeved on the shaft;
at least one first blade connected to the movable barrel; and
at least one propeller blade connected to the movable barrel and above the first blade; and
at least one wind-guiding structure including:
a plurality of pressurized channels, the pressurized channel including an entrance or an outlet, a volume of the pressurized channel from the entrance to the outlet gradually reduced;
a first vortex chamber interconnected with the pressurized channel via the outlet;
a decompression chamber surrounded by an annular board, the decompression chamber being above and interconnected with the first vortex chamber;
wherein when the first blade is at rest, the first blade is in the first vortex chamber; wherein the shaft includes a lifting groove, and the leaf group includes a guide rod which passes through the movable barrel and is embedded in the lifting groove.

US Pat. No. 10,337,481

START CONTROLLER FOR ENGINE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A start controller for an engine, the engine including a plurality of cylinders and a crankshaft, and the engine being a cylinder-injection engine, the start controller comprising:a starter motor; and
an electronic control unit configured to
execute fuel injection and ignition in a cylinder in an expansion stroke when a restart condition is established immediately before a stop of the engine,
determine whether a reverse operation of the crankshaft has been performed after the fuel injection and the ignition in the cylinder in the expansion stroke are executed, and
operate the starter motor and execute the fuel injection and the ignition in a cylinder in a compression stroke to start the engine, when the electronic control unit determines that the reverse operation of the crankshaft has been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,337,463

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FUEL TANK PRESSURE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during a first condition, including a fuel tank pressure above a first threshold, fluidically coupling a fuel tank to a fuel vapor canister while restricting a fuel vapor canister vent path; and
modulating a degree of restriction of the fuel vapor canister vent path.

US Pat. No. 10,337,453

ATTACHMENT FEATURE FOR A CORE PANEL

ROHR, INC., Chula Vista,...

1. An attachment feature for a structural panel comprising:a bracket arm;
a first flange extending from the bracket arm, wherein the first flange comprises a first land and a first lead ramp adjacent to the first land; and
a top surface, wherein a height from the first land to the top surface is equal to a thickness of a top skin of a structural panel configured to be coupled to the attachment feature such that the top surface is flush with the top skin of the structural panel when the structural panel is coupled to the attachment feature,
wherein the first land separates the top surface from the lead ramp,
wherein the attachment feature is a single component and is configured to couple at least one of an exhaust nozzle or an exhaust nozzle center body to a gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,438

PUSH-BUTTON START SYSTEM FAULT DIAGNOSIS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method comprising:determining, using a plurality of vehicle subsystem control modules including respective processors, said control modules being in communication with each other and receiving signals from at least a vehicle communications bus and vehicle sensors, that a no engine crank condition has occurred if the switch is pressed and the brake is applied, and if so, performing a no crank diagnosis;
determining, using the respective processors in the control modules, that a starter control relay has not been enabled after the system is in a crank power mode, and if so, performing a starter control relay not-enabled diagnosis, and recording at least one first indication of error within a first vehicle subsystem control module of the vehicle subsystem control modules;
determining, using the respective processors in the control modules, that the starter control relay has been disabled before the engine begins to run, and if so, performing a starter control relay disabled diagnosis, and recording at least one second indication of error within the first vehicle subsystem control module;
determining, using the respective processors in the control modules, that the engine has stalled within a defined threshold time after being started, and if so, performing an engine stall diagnosis; and
switching the vehicle to a run power mode when the engine is started and no faults have been detected.

US Pat. No. 10,337,419

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DIESEL CYLINDER DEACTIVATION

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A pollution management system for a diesel engine, comprising:a diesel engine comprising a plurality of combustion cylinders, each of the plurality of combustion cylinders comprising a respective:
piston connected to a crankshaft;
fuel injector connected to an injection controller;
intake valve connected to an intake valve controller; and
exhaust valve connected to an exhaust valve controller;
a load monitoring sensor;
a controllable intake assisting device connected to the diesel engine and configured to selectively boost air supplied to the diesel engine;
an exhaust system connected to the exhaust valves, the exhaust system comprising:
a catalyst for filtering pollution from an exhaust stream; and
a sensor for measuring a pollution level in the exhaust stream; and
a control unit comprising a processor, a memory device, and processor-executable control algorithms stored in the memory, the control algorithms configured to iteratively:
receive load data;
determine a load on the engine;
determine an engine output requirement based on the load on the engine;
select between increasing and decreasing an air to fuel ratio;
receive pollution level sensor data from the sensor;
determine a pollution level in the exhaust stream;
determine whether the pollution level exceeds a pollution threshold for pollution exiting the exhaust system;
when the pollution level in the exhaust stream exceeds the pollution threshold:
select at least one of the plurality of combustion cylinders for deactivation, wherein the plurality of combustion cylinders selected for deactivation are configured to change in number or location among iterations;
command the injection controller to deactivate the respective fuel injector for the at least one of the selected combustion cylinders;
command the intake valve controller to deactivate the respective intake valve for the at least one of the selected combustion cylinders;
command the exhaust valve controller to deactivate the respective exhaust valve controller for the at least one of the selected combustion cylinders;
command variations in the air to fuel ratio for each of the active plurality of combustion cylinders among iterations so that the air to fuel ratio is selectively increased or decreased among respective iterations to control the pollution level exhausted from the engine so that the pollution level exiting the exhaust system is below the pollution threshold while the at least one of the plurality of combustion cylinders is selected for deactivation; and
when a load on the engine is below a first threshold, adjust the number of the plurality of combustion cylinders selected for deactivation to meet engine output requirements.

US Pat. No. 10,337,389

CONTROL MEANS FOR CONTROLLING THE COOLANT FLOWS OF A SPLIT COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:rotating a rotating body of a control valve of a split cooling system to a position based on conditions to selectively direct coolant flow from an upper side of a cylinder head and from a crankcase to each of a main coolant circuit, a secondary coolant circuit, and an external bypass, and where coolant from the upper side of the cylinder head mixes with coolant from the crankcase and flows to a cooler arrangement without flowing to a heating arrangement for heating a vehicle interior in response to an engine temperature being greater than or equal to a desired engine operating temperature in one of a plurality of control positions.

US Pat. No. 10,337,388

CORROSION RESISTANT METAL SUBSTRATE

1. A corrosion resistant metal substrate comprisinga plated substrate comprising a steel or aluminium substrate and a plating layer selected from:
i. a nickel or nickel-based layer on the steel or aluminium substrate, or
ii. a nickel or nickel-based layer on the steel or aluminium substrate having a cobalt layer on the nickel or nickel-based layer, and
a diffusion layer directly on the plating layer;
the diffusion layer being produced by electrodepositing a molybdenum oxide layer from an aqueous solution onto the plated substrate, wherein the plated substrate acts as a cathode, wherein the aqueous solution comprises a molybdenum salt and an alkali metal phosphate and wherein the pH of the aqueous solution is adjusted to between 4.0 and 6.5, wherein the plated substrate provided with the molybdenum oxide layer is subjected to an annealing step in a reducing atmosphere to, at least partly, reduce the molybdenum oxide in the molybdenum oxide layer to molybdenum metal in a reduction annealing step and to form, simultaneously or subsequently, in the annealing step the diffusion layer which contains nickel and molybdenum, wherein the nickel originates from the nickel or nickel-based layer, and the molybdenum originates from the molybdenum oxide layer,
wherein if the cobalt layer is on the nickel or nickel-based layer then the diffusion layer further contains cobalt that originates from the cobalt layer,
wherein the diffusion layer has a thickness of between 10 and 200 nm, and
wherein the diffusion layer further comprises 5 to 15 wt. % phosphorus that originates from the alkali metal phosphate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,387

APPLIED-IGNITION, LIQUID-COOLED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITH COOLED CYLINDER HEAD

Ford Global Technologies,...

6. A system, comprising:a cylinder head with integrated exhaust lines merging at a collection point forming an overall exhaust line;
an upper coolant jacket and a lower coolant jacket each integrated in the cylinder head; and
a protective heat shield positioned within the overall exhaust line and having a same cross sectional shape as the overall exhaust line, the protective heat shield including at least one tongue-like projection formed by at least one cut out in one or more directions of at least one individual exhaust line.

US Pat. No. 10,337,384

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING EXHAUST TEMPERATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for an engine coupled in a vehicle, comprising:inferring a composite transient exhaust temperature based on a duty cycle of an exhaust gas sensor heater and further based on vehicle conditions during transient vehicle operation, the vehicle conditions including engine load, vehicle speed, and exhaust flange temperature; and
adjusting engine operation based on the composite transient exhaust temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,337,382

HEAT RECOVERY DEVICE AND EXHAUST LINE FITTED WITH SUCH DEVICE

1. A heat recovery device for an exhaust line, the heat recovery device comprising:a valve body having at least one exhaust gas inlet and at least one exhaust gas outlet, the valve body inwardly defining a direct flow path for exhaust gases from the exhaust gas inlet to the exhaust gas outlet;
a heat exchanger to exchange heat between the exhaust gases and a heat transfer fluid, the heat exchanger comprising a flow path for the exhaust gases and a flow path for the heat transfer fluid, the flow path for the exhaust gases having upstream and downstream ends respectively emerging through inlet and outlet surfaces of the valve body, respectively situated relatively closer to the exhaust gas inlet and relatively closer to the exhaust gas outlet along the direct flow path;
a shutter arranged in the valve body and movable relative to the valve body at least between a heat exchange position, in which the shutter closes off a cutoff section of the direct flow path and forces the exhaust gases to flow from the exhaust gas inlet to the exhaust gas outlet through the heat exchanger along the flow path, and a short-circuit position, in which the shutter frees said cutoff section of the direct flow path and closes off the outlet surface, the shutter forcing the exhaust gases to flow from the exhaust gas inlet to the exhaust gas outlet along the direct flow path, the cutoff section being situated between the inlet surface and the outlet surface along the direct flow path; and
wherein the heat recovery device comprises a guide wall arranged in the direct flow path in front of the inlet surface and arranged to guide the exhaust gases from the exhaust gas inlet toward the cutoff section away from the inlet surface when the shutter is in the short-circuit position, and defining at least one opening to allow the exhaust gases to flow to the inlet when the shutter is in the heat exchange position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,381

EXHAUST GAS AFTERTREATMENT DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

VOLVO CAR CORPORATION, G...

1. An exhaust gas aftertreatment device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:an exhaust duct allowing a through-flow of exhaust gas;
a catalytic NOx converter arranged in the exhaust duct;
a fluid inlet arranged to introduce a liquid reductant into or onto a structure in the exhaust duct upstream of the catalytic NOx converter;
wherein the structure is a sorption structure having pores configured to retain the liquid reductant in liquid form until it evaporates,
wherein the sorption structure comprises a macro-porous structure having pores with a diameter or a width of between 50 nm and 100 ?m, and
wherein the macro-porous structure has a pore opening surface density of at least 10 pore openings per mm2.

US Pat. No. 10,337,378

BLOCK CHANNEL GEOMETRIES AND ARRANGEMENTS OF THERMAL OXIDIZERS

1. A method of manufacturing a converter from a block of converter material, the method comprising:defining a plurality of channels within the block, the plurality of channels to extend therethrough, the plurality of channels to define a cellular pattern including at least one central channel and a plurality of surrounding channels, each central channel surrounded by five or more surrounding channels, wherein a quotient of a hydraulic diameter of all of the central channels divided by respective interior wall thicknesses between the central channels and the respective surrounding channels is to be equal to a value in a range from 0.58 to 19.48.

US Pat. No. 10,337,374

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AN AFTERTREATMENT CATALYST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:flowing lean exhaust gas from a first group of cylinders directly to a three-way catalyst;
flowing rich exhaust gas from a second group of cylinders directly to a steam reforming catalyst; and
flowing exhaust gas from the steam reforming catalyst to the three-way catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,337,373

EXHAUST PURIFICATION DEVICE

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. An exhaust purifier comprising:a catalyst reactor configured to receive an exhaust gas from an engine, the catalyst reactor comprising:
a NOx catalyst arranged to enable removal of dust adhered to the NOx catalyst; and
a control device coupled to the catalyst reactor and configured to:
identify an initial pressure difference, at an initial state, between the exhaust gas upstream of the NOx catalyst and the exhaust gas downstream of the NOx catalyst;
identify an operating pressure difference, at an operating state, between the exhaust gas upstream of the NOx catalyst and the exhaust gas downstream of the NOx catalyst;
calculate a permissible pressure difference amount;
detect abnormal degradation of the NOx catalyst based on a difference between the operating pressure difference and the initial pressure difference being greater than or equal to the permissible pressure difference amount; and
provide an output signal based on the detected abnormal degradation.

US Pat. No. 10,337,370

WATER SEPARATION DEVICE FOR ENGINE EXHAUST GAS

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. A system comprising:an engine;
an exhaust conduit in communication with the engine; and
a water separation device having exhaust gas passageways in communication with the exhaust conduit;
the water separation device having a substrate and a membrane on the substrate, the substrate being monolithic and extending around the exhaust gas passageways, and the membrane being between the exhaust gas passageways and the substrate and having capillary condensation pores extending from the exhaust gas passageways to the substrate;
wherein the substrate includes an outer wall surrounding the exhaust gas passageways, and the water separation device includes a casing surrounding the outer wall and defining a water collection space between the casing and the outer wall, the water collection space being separated from the exhaust gas passageways by the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,337,364

ONE-WAY CLUTCH TYPE VARIABLE VALVE TIMING DEVICE AND ENGINE SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A variable valve timing device comprising:a rotor device including a rotor rotatable in clockwise or counterclockwise direction with a supply of oil thereto, and a one-way clutch coupled to the rotor to limit an amount of rotation of the rotor,
wherein the one-way clutch includes a carrier surrounding an external peripheral surface of the rotor to form first and second chambers filled with the oil while a position of the carrier is controlled, a ball disposed in a ball slot of the carrier to come into contact with the external peripheral surface of the rotor, a stopper carrier protruding from the carrier to limit the amount of rotation of the rotor, and an elastic member supported by a vane fixed on the external peripheral surface of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,337,363

VALVE OPENING AND CLOSING TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve opening and closing timing control apparatus comprising:a driving-side rotating body rotating synchronously with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven-side rotating body arranged coaxially with an axis of the driving-side rotating body and rotating integrally with a camshaft for opening and closing valves of the internal combustion engine in a state being fixed to the camshaft by a bolt;
a fluid pressure chamber defined between the driving-side rotating body and the driven-side rotating body;
an intermediate lock mechanism selectively switchable between a locked state in which a relative rotational phase of the driven-side rotating body relative to the driving-side rotating body is locked at an intermediate lock phase between a most advanced angle phase and a most retarded angle phase and an unlocked state in which the locked state is released;
a lock flow passage bringing a working fluid to the intermediate lock mechanism; and
an electromagnetic valve including a spool which is arranged at an inner portion of the bolt and controlling supply and discharge of the working fluid relative to the fluid pressure chamber and the intermediate lock mechanism,
the lock flow passage including a first flow passage which is arranged between the spool and a supply flow passage in a radial direction and which brings the working fluid to flow from the supply flow passage towards the spool, the supply flow passage bringing the working fluid supplied from a pump to flow along an axial direction at the inner portion of the bolt, the lock flow passage including a second flow passage which is provided at the inner portion of the bolt in a penetrating manner in the radial direction and which brings the working fluid to flow from the spool towards the intermediate lock mechanism,
at least a portion of the first flow passage and at least a portion of the second flow passage being positioned within a same plane orthogonal to the axis, wherein
the bolt is constituted by a first member screwed on the camshaft and a second member arranged along an outer surface of the first member,
the supply flow passage is defined between the first member and the second member, the first flow passage is defined at the first member,
the second member is press-fitted to the first member along the axial direction,
an end portion of the second member at an opposite side from the camshaft in the axial direction is press-fitted to the first member,
a flow passage which supplies and discharges the working fluid to and from the fluid pressure chamber is arranged between the first and second flow passages and the camshaft in the axial direction, and
only the end portion of the second member at the opposite side from the camshaft in the axial direction relative to the flow passage which supplies and discharges the working fluid to and from the fluid pressure chamber is press-fitted to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,337,362

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE CAMSHAFT TIMING CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:adjusting a camshaft phaser with a camshaft duty cycle determined based on a sampled camshaft position; and
adjusting the camshaft phaser with an estimated camshaft position determined based on the camshaft duty cycle between sampling the camshaft position,
wherein the estimated camshaft position is determined by adding the sampled camshaft position with an estimated change in the camshaft position.

US Pat. No. 10,337,361

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE CAM TIMING DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:moving a spool valve of a cam torque-actuated variable cam timing phaser to a detent region after occurrence of a first torsional pulse of a camshaft but before occurrence of a second torsional pulse of the camshaft occurring immediately after the first torsional pulse;
moving the spool valve to adjust the cam torque actuated variable cam timing phaser to a locking position;
holding the phaser at the locking position without engaging a locking pin for a duration; and
after the duration, further moving the spool valve to engage the locking pin.

US Pat. No. 10,337,360

METHOD FOR SETTING LASH IN A MECHANICALLY LASHED VALVETRAIN HAVING A SWITCHING ROCKER ARM

Eaton Corporation, Cleve...

1. A method for setting lash on a switching rocker arm assembly, the method comprising:providing a rocker arm having (i) an outer arm having a first outer side arm and a second outer side arm, the outer arm defining an opening, (ii) an inner arm disposed between the first and second outer side arms, (iii) a roller follower that selectively engages a cam, the roller follower mounted about a bearing axle that extends through the opening; and (iv) a pivot axle wherein the inner arm and outer arm rotate relative to each other about the pivot axle;
inserting a zero lash shim into a gap defined between the bearing axle and the outer arm at the opening;
installing the rocker arm into valvetrain with a master valve tip cap;
measuring lash between the cam and the roller follower;
removing the rocker arm and the master tip cap; and
installing a select fit valve tip cap based on the master valve tip cap and the measured lash.

US Pat. No. 10,337,359

ROCKER ARM SPRING RETAINER

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A retainer, comprising:an inner tubular portion comprising an inner circular edge having a radius R3; and
an annular retaining surface connected to the inner tubular portion, the annular retaining surface comprising an area bounded by an outer edge and the inner circular edge, the outer edge being bounded by:
an arc AD comprising a first radius R1;
a sector CB comprising a second radius R2, where R1>R2;
a first chord DC connecting the arc AD to the sector CB; and
a second chord BA connecting the arc AD to the sector CB.

US Pat. No. 10,337,358

VALVE TIMING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A valve timing control apparatus for an internal combustion engine, the valve timing control apparatus comprising:a drive rotation member including a cylindrical wall to which a rotational force from a crank shaft is transmitted through teeth portions of an outer circumference, and which includes an opening opened on an one axial end side, and a bottom wall which is integrally provided on the other axial end side of the cylindrical wall, and which includes a through hole formed at a center;
a housing which has a cylindrical shape, which is received within the drive rotation member, which includes one end opening closed by the bottom wall, and a plurality of shoes protruding from an inner circumference surface, and which includes a plurality of hydraulic chambers formed by the plurality of shoes;
a vane rotor which is received within the housing to be rotated relative to the housing, which includes a rotor portion fixed at one end portion of a cam shaft, and vanes provided from an outer circumference surface of the rotor portion in radial directions, and which separates the hydraulic chambers into a retard angle hydraulic chamber and an advance angle hydraulic chamber, with the shoes; and
a front plate which closes the other end opening of the housing, and which is connected to the housing and the drive rotation member from an axial direction,
the drive rotation member including a positioning mechanism including a guide portion which is formed on an inner circumference surface of the cylindrical wall, and which has an inclined shape whose an inside diameter is decreased from the one axial end side to the other axial end side, a mounting protrusion portion which is formed on the other end side of the guide portion, and on which an outer circumference surface of the housing is mounted to be positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,337,357

STEAM TURBINE PREHEATING SYSTEM WITH A STEAM GENERATOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A power generation system, comprising:a gas turbine engine;
a steam turbine; and
a steam turbine preheating system;
wherein the steam turbine preheating system comprises a steam generator that creates a flow of steam to preheat the steam turbine from an extraction of the gas turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,337,356

STEAM POWER INSTALLATION COMPRISING VALVE-STEM LEAKAGE STEAM LINE

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A steam power plant comprisinga steam turbine,
a steam line that is fluidically connected to the steam turbine and is designed to convey steam,
a valve that is arranged in the steam line and is designed to change a quantity of steam flowing through the steam line, the valve comprising a first outlet to which the steam line connects, and a second outlet configured to convey valve-stem leakage steam that leaks past a valve stem of the valve,
a valve-stem leakage steam line connected to the second outlet, and
a valve-stem leakage steam collector that is fluidically connected to the valve-stem leakage steam line, and
a fitting that is arranged in the valve-stem leakage steam line,
wherein the valve-stem leakage steam collector is designed as a condenser,
wherein the valve-stem leakage steam is conveyed via the valve-stem leakage steam line directly from the second outlet to the condenser, and
wherein the fitting is configured to open whenever a pressure of valve-stem leakage steam in the valve-stem leakage steam line upstream of the fitting is above a pressure in the condenser, thereby passing all of the valve-stem leakage steam into the condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,337,355

ALIGNMENT OF A BEARING COMPARTMENT AND AN ENGINE CASE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A system for aligning a bearing compartment structure relative to an engine case structure, the system comprising:an optical transmitter that is coupled to the bearing compartment structure and transmits an optical transmit signal in response to a command signal;
an optical detector that is coupled to the engine case structure, detects the optical transmit signal and provides a detected signal indicative of position of the bearing compartment structure with respect to the engine case structure;
a controller that issues the command signal, receives the detected signal indicative of the position of the bearing compartment structure with respect to the engine case structure, and processes the detected signal to determine if a coaxial skew exists between the bearing compartment and the engine case structure, and issues at least one of a plurality of torque application command signals to position the bearing compartment and the engine case structure in coaxial alignment; and
a plurality of controllable rods, extending radially between the bearing compartment and the engine case structure, that each receives an associated one of the plurality of torque application signals.

US Pat. No. 10,337,353

CASING RING ASSEMBLY WITH FLOWPATH CONDUCTION CUT

General Electric Company,...

1. A casing assembly for a gas turbine engine having a centerline axis, the casing assembly comprising:a metallic inner ring defining an annular flowpath surface which surrounds an outer end of a row of rotatable compressor blades;
a metallic outer ring positioned in axial alignment with and radially outward of the metallic inner ring, the metallic outer ring including a forward ring having a forward flange and an aft ring having an aft flange, the forward and aft flanges abutting each other and being clamped together by a plurality of fasteners; and
a conduction cut disposed between the metallic inner ring and the metallic outer ring and in axial alignment with the metallic inner ring and the forward and aft flanges, and configured for a break or a step-change reduction in a thermal conductivity in a physical path for conduction heat transfer between the metallic inner ring and the metallic outer ring, and wherein the metallic inner ring includes a seal flange extending from an end thereof towards the metallic outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,337,352

TURBINE ENGINE CASING AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a turbine engine casing, comprising the steps of:manufacturing a plurality of angular sectors to be assembled to form a ring, said sectors comprising assembling strips arranged at their angular ends via which the sectors can be assembled, said strips extending all along said angular ends with a radial outer face parallel to the axis of the ring, at least some of the sectors being manufactured by casting and comprising on their surface attaching elements obtained in the casting step, a profile of a height of the assembling strips having minima and maxima at the same places as a profile of a thickness of the angular ends of the angular sectors, the length of the assembling strip along the axis of the ring being greater than the length of the angular ends of the angular sectors along the axis of the ring,
machining the outer face of the assembling strips and
assembling the sectors end-to-end so as to form a ring of the casing, the sectors being assembled by welding of the strips.

US Pat. No. 10,337,351

PIPING SYSTEM, STEAM TURBINE PLANT, AND METHOD OF CLEANING PIPING SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A piping system of a steam turbine plant, comprising:a piping member including a first pipe section including a first passage, a second pipe section including a second passage, a connection section arranged between the first pipe section and the second pipe section and including a connection passage that is configured to connect the first passage and the second passage, and a third pipe section including a third passage connected with the connection passage through an opening, the first pipe section being supplied with steam;
a steam stop valve connected with the third pipe section and in which steam supplied to a steam turbine flows; and
a turbine bypass valve connected with the second pipe section and connected with an outlet of the steam turbine, wherein
an angle made by a first central axis of the first pipe section and a second central axis of the second pipe section is larger than an angle made by the first central axis and a third central axis of the third pipe section.

US Pat. No. 10,337,350

GAS TURBINE ENGINE

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A fan containment system for fitment around an array of radially extending fan blades mounted on a hub in an axial gas turbine engine, the fan containment system comprising:a fan case having an annular casing element that encircles the array of fan blades;
an annular fan track liner positioned substantially coaxial to the annular casing element and extending around the array of fan blades in the fan case, the annular fan track liner including: (i) a tray connecting the fan track liner to the fan case, (ii) a first intermediate layer fixed to a radially inner surface of the tray and positioned radially inward of the annular casing element, and (iii) a second intermediate layer fixed to a radially outer surface of the tray and positioned radially outward of the first intermediate layer and abutting the first intermediate layer via the tray, the second intermediate layer including one or more pockets recessed into the second intermediate layer; and
one or more resilient members configured to snub or damp vibration of the fan track liner, one of the one or more resilient members being positioned in each of the one or more pockets, the one or more resilient members being arranged to contact a radially inner side of the annular casing element.

US Pat. No. 10,337,349

ANTI-WINDMILLING SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for preventing rotation of a fan in a gas turbine engine comprising:driving a fan with a geared architecture that is driven by at least one shaft from a turbine section;
using one or more sensors to identify a non-operational engine condition comprising at least a windmilling condition;
including a control which receives data from the one or more sensors to determine if the aircraft is on the ground and is experiencing the windmilling condition by
determining weight on wheels,
determining if engine shut-down has been completed, and/or
determining aircraft velocity to identify if the gas turbine engine is stationary; and
activating an actuator positioned aft of the turbine section to prevent rotation of the fan during the windmilling condition.

US Pat. No. 10,337,348

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of controlling a power generation system, the method comprising:sensing a rate of change of electrical frequency at terminals of a generator by inputting the electrical frequency to a low pass filter and determining a derivative of an output from the low pass filter;
determining, using a processor, based on the derivative, a reactive current and a magnitude of a voltage at the terminals of the generator;
identifying a transient grid event based on an increase in the reactive current and a decrease in the magnitude of the voltage at substantially the same time for a specified duration; and
facilitating an action to respond to the transient grid event based on the identification.

US Pat. No. 10,337,346

BLADE OUTER AIR SEAL WITH FLOW GUIDE MANIFOLD

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A seal assembly comprising:a seal arc segment defining radially inner and outer sides, the radially outer side including radially-extending sidewalls and a radially inner surface joining the radially-extending sidewalls, the radially-extending sidewalls and the radially inner surface defining a pocket;
a manifold disposed at least partially in the pocket, the manifold subdividing the pocket such that there is a manifold chamber bounded by the manifold and the radially inner surface, the manifold including at least one inlet and a plurality of outlets;
a seal disposed between the radially-extending sidewalls and the manifold, wherein the seal is contiguous with the radially inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,337,345

BUCKET MOUNTED MULTI-STAGE TURBINE INTERSTAGE SEAL AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A sealing system for a multi-stage turbine, the sealing system comprising:an interstage seal disposed circumferentially about a turbine rotor wheel assembly of the multi-stage turbine and extending axially between a forward turbine stage and an aft turbine stage of the multi-stage turbine, wherein the interstage seal comprises:
a plurality of near flow path seal segments, wherein each of the plurality of near flow path seal segments comprises:
outer seal surfaces and inner support faces extending from at least one downstream region of the forward turbine stage to at least one upstream region of the aft turbine stage such that substantially all the centrifugal load from the interstage seal is transferred to a plurality of forward stage buckets and a plurality of aft stage buckets; and
at least two support webs coupling the outer seal surfaces and the inner support faces,
wherein each of the plurality of near flow path seal segments extends from an angel wing region of the plurality of forward stage buckets to an angel wing region of the plurality of aft stage buckets, the inner support faces extend from the angel wing region of the plurality of forward stage buckets to the angel wing region of the plurality of aft stage buckets, an aft portion of the interstage seal and the plurality of aft stage buckets comprise a plurality of cooperatively engaged retention features enabling at least one of radial and circumferential constraining of the interstage seal, the plurality of cooperatively engaged retention features comprise a plurality of recessed roundcuts that allow locking with a plurality of protruding tabs located on an aft portion of the interstage seal; and
a forward stage turbine rotor wheel of the forward turbine stage and an aft stage turbine rotor wheel of the aft turbine stage, wherein the forward stage turbine rotor wheel comprises a plurality of dovetail slots configured for operatively coupling the plurality of forward stage buckets and the aft stage turbine rotor wheel comprises a plurality of dovetail slots configured for operatively coupling the plurality of aft stage buckets.